The shocking truth is that over 99% of new vinyl records contain highly toxic chemicals (including lead and chloride). These records cannot be recycled and take an estimated 1000 years to decompose. To make the situation even worse endless numbers of these records are made in energy guzzling pressing plants with water boilers running 24/7 to help power steam based manufacturing machinery.  None of these plants were designed to manufacture sustainably and the worse offenders not only generate a huge carbon footprint but also fail to properly manage toxic waste which pollutes local environments and sometimes even their staff. 

For more information read this excellent article from The Quietus:

Addicted To Plastic? Eco-Vinyl And The Impact Of Our Listening Habits

NAKED does not use traditional vinyl pressing plants. All NAKED records are non-toxic and recyclable and made in pressing plants where sustainability is at the very core of the business. 

NAKED's first 4 records by Babybird, Beezewax, Lowgold and The Chesterfields were pressed at 'Deepgrooves', a fully circular pressing plant known as 'The Greenest Vinyl Pressing Plant in the World'.

In early 2023 we were privileged to have NAKED's 5th album by Stars pressed on a groundbreaking new energy saving vinyl pressing machine, created by Netherlands based 'Green Vinyl Records'. Not only does this new machine use up to 90% less electricity, and press onto PET, the most easily recycled non-toxic plastic in the World, it also makes records with exceptional sound quality. It's a win win! All of NAKED's releases after Stars have been and will be pressed on this incredible new machine.

In addition to pressing on eco-friendly vinyl all NAKED record sleeves (and marketing materials) are made from recycled and/or FSC certified card and paper and printed using mineral based non-toxic vegan inks.

At NAKED we are extremely aware that greenwashing is becoming increasingly common in the music industry.  We do not make supply chain decisions based on nice marketing claims. Instead we visit and inspect pressing plants in person and go to great lengths to check out supplier claims and keep up-to-date with new innovation. We guaranteed that NAKED will always provide customers with the vinyl records which not only sound and look fantastic but are made in a way which shows maximum respect to the environment and minimises climate change.