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Getting In Tune:Musicians for Legal & Sustainable Wood

Musicians Join Nonprofits to Call for Legal Wood in Instruments

23rd June 2015


Illegal logging is prevalent in many countries, from Peru to Malaysia and beyond; forests home to desirable tree species are exploited to produce musical instruments, furniture, or other wood products. Destined for the United States, the European Union, China, and elsewhere, precious rosewood, mahogany, and ebony fetch top dollar in finished products, but too often originate from local abuses, tax evasion, and theft in the forests where it grows. The illicit timber trade ravages forests, and undercuts responsible and legal traders in the United States and around the world.

Artists including Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Razia Said and members of Linkin Park, Maroon 5, and Guster lend their voices in the fight against illegal logging. Addressing issues in the music industry and beyond, the video was produced by REVERB and the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Musicians don’t want their instruments to be made at the expense of the world’s precious forest ecosystems. “We work really hard to make sure the tours are green and that we act in an environmentally conscious sort of way, so it would be totally hypocritical to be playing these instruments that have sort of bad karma,” said James Valentine of Maroon 5.

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