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How is Sustainability Influencing the Music Equipment Industry?

Sustainability is an increasingly important component of the global push to combat climate change.

This shift toward sustainable products, services and processes has impacted consumers and business owners in several ways. Customers are purchasing eco-friendly or resale products to reflect a sustainable and ethical lifestyle. This change in thinking has made a positive environmental impact as consumers reexamine where and how they buy their products.

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In line with today's shoppers’ values, our retail resale music franchise Music Go Round® offers music enthusiasts an opportunity to purchase quality used music equipment for a fraction of the cost while allowing them to reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.

The Importance of Sustainable Music Equipment

It's no secret a wide variety of musical instruments are made from wood. Several instruments depend on tone woods for manufacturing. While the music industry isn't the largest consumer of this natural resource, it's still impacted by the rаріd dерlеtіоn of forests in ecosystems across the globe.

There have been significant eco-friendly developments within the music industry, such as the push toward sustainable and ethically sourced wood by the National Association of Music Merchants.

To preserve forests worldwide, several rules surrounding the trade of woods have spread throughout the U.S. and internationally. These rules have impacted the export of various woods, such as rosewood, which is regularly sought after and used in guitar fretboards.

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Much of the wood sourced for musical instruments comes from the most endangered trees on Earth in tropical forests and grasslands. Many of these trees are at the center of illegal logging operations and account for at least 35 percent of global wildlife tracking.

How Does This Impact the Music Equipment Industry?

The addition of trade rules, among others, has impacted the manufacturing of musical instruments. While the rules help create a healthier planet, the music equipment industry has been left to come up with a solution to get instruments in consumers' hands without sacrificing the safety of forests.

Changes to the music equipment industry come as no surprise to our music store franchise. At Music Go Round, our business model focuses on environmentally friendly practices.

Thanks to our retail resale franchise, musicians don't have to purchase:

  • A brand-new instrument, which cuts down on the consumption of natural resources for production
  • A product made of low-quality materials, which affects the sound quality and performance of an instrument.

They can get a high-quality instrument for a fraction of the cost, leaving behind a smaller carbon footprint.

A Franchise Built on Sustainability

Since the creation of Winmark Corporation® in 1988, we've made a positive environmental impact by buying and selling quality used products locally sourced from customers within our communities.

As a leader in the retail resale industry, we've helped support our five resale franchise companies' growth through various sustainability initiatives.

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Each year, our five resale brands, Once Upon A Child®, Plato's Closet®, Style Encore®, Play It Again Sports® and Music Go Round play their part in reducing landfills by bringing customers quality used products. In 2020, our brands purchased a cumulative total of over 141 million units of clothing, toys, books, musical instruments and sports equipment.

Our resale franchises are committed to contributing to a greener environment. Not only do our Music Go Round franchise stores keep a multitude of various products out of landfills, but our clothing resale concepts keep hundreds of textiles from landfills as well.

Looking to join a franchise built on sustainable practices and foster a love for music in your community? Contact us today!

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