Coldplay to release LP made using river plastic

Coldplay with Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup. Image courtesy of Anna Lee Media

Coldplay will press its latest LP using recycled river plastic, intercepted by The Ocean Cleanup from Rio Las Vacas in Guatemala.

The global band has confirmed that a limited Notebook Edition LP release of the band’s album Moon Music will be manufactured using reclaimed plastic.

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to rid the oceans of plastic. To achieve this, the non-profit operates a dual strategy: cleaning up legacy plastic in the oceans and deploying Interceptors to capture trash in rivers and stop it from entering the oceans.

Man looking at large plastic LP
Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup, with a sample LP

This first collaborative product is the latest step in Coldplay’s support for the global non-profit.

Coldplay’s Notebook Edition LP is an example of the product partnerships The Ocean Cleanup creates to give this plastic a new life in sustainable and durable products, ensuring the plastic never re-enters the marine environment.

The Ocean Cleanup project deployed its trash-collecting Interceptor 006 in the Rio Las Vacas in 2023 to prevent plastic emissions into the Gulf of Honduras. The large quantities of plastic collected have now been sorted, blended, tested and used to manufacture Coldplay’s limited edition physical release.

The final product consists of 70 per cent river plastic intercepted by The Ocean Cleanup and 30 per cent recycled waste plastic bottles from other sources.

The successful production of the Notebook Edition LP using intercepted river plastic marks an exciting new phase in Coldplay’s support for The Ocean Cleanup. Coldplay provides financial support for the non-profit’s cleaning operations, sponsors Interceptor 005 in the Klang River, Malaysia and shares the Ocean Cleanup’s mission with millions of their fans during its Music of the Spheres tour.

Interceptor in Malaysia. Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup

Coldplay and The Ocean Cleanup collaborated closely during the intensive testing and quality control process alongside processing and manufacturing partners Biosfera GT, Compuestos y Derivados S.A., Morssinkhof and Sonopress.

“Coldplay is an incredible partner for us, and I’m thrilled that our plastic catch has helped bring Moon Music to life,” said Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. “Ensuring the plastic we catch never re-enters the marine environment is essential to our mission, and I’m excited to see how we’ll continue innovating with Coldplay and our other partners to rid the oceans of plastic together.”

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