Music and sustainability collective Evolution Music has designed a 12-inch vinyl made of bioplastic using existing record pressing machinery, which features tracks by artists Beatie Wolfe and Michael Stipe.
The bioplastic 12-inch vinyl looks and functions like a standard vinyl, comprised of a black disc illustrated with a central graphic design.
It was manufactured using existing record pressing machinery and production processes.
The bioplastic 12-inch vinyl's creators said that they were prompted to design the material and the product themselves after struggling to find "sustainable solutions for physical media".
"It is a robust, ecologically secure compostable material created specifically to act and sound the same as PVC-derived vinyl," Evolution Music CEO Marc Carey told Dezeen.
To create the bioplastic, a four-year development process involved identifying a base polymer that acts in the same way as traditional PVC, without producing harmful substances, according to Carey.
After this, the team sourced bio-organic fillers and co-created a solid additive used for plastics called a bio masterbatch.
Evolution Music's aim was "to create a biopolymer that is authentic, truly sustainable and ecologically sound," explained Carey.
"We've never developed traditional plastic vinyl – I guess you should ask the PVC manufacturers why they didn't [create bioplastic vinyl]," he said.
Five hundred copies of the bioplastic 12-inch vinyl were initially sold when it was released earlier this year, with the proceeds donated to the charity EarthPercent.
"It took three passionate, independent music lovers from the UK to develop this product out of necessity," concluded Carey.
"The fact that 'big' players did not do this in the first place raises interesting questions about the petrol, chemical, oil and plastics industry... just saying!"
The images are courtesy of Evolution Music.