(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?
Adam, Anthony and I all grew up in the North of England in the 1970s. There was a lot of social and economic problems in that decade but there were many good things too, and it was very much an era when peace, love and understanding were things to aspire to.
(We also remember the the 1980s when ‘greed was good’, and it feels a little bit like that again – 2019 is more “Gordon Gecko” than “George Harrison”.)
It doesn’t need to be that way.
And so we try to bring a little bit of love to what we do. We bike to work – in all weather. We use recyclable or sustainable materials where possible. For example, plastic parts make up just 1% of the BM9 microphone’s weight. 99% of the microphone is made of metals – brass, steel and aluminium, all of which can be recycled. The microphone boxes are made from sustainable ash wood, and most of the packaging gets salvaged and re-used.
Microphones are lovely things to have but let’s face it, they are luxury items. So we will try to balance their environmental footprint by planting trees and have set up Valkyr Grove in Scotland’s Caledonian Forest with the help of Trees for Life.
For every microphone sold, we will plant a tree in Valkyr Grove.
Stewart Tavener, Extinct Audio, June 2019