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    So I could worry about the handful of plastic waste my old strings will produce. In reality I worry about all the ukes I've owned that were imported from the far east or the states. Many of these made with timber imported to the factories in the first place. I own a koa uke but, believe me, Gloucester isn't exactly next door to Hawaii. Worrying about your strings, whilst important, distracts from the big picture. Mass global production is not exactly climate friendly. Take what individual action you can (I pay extra for electricity because I'm on a zero carbon plan but it's money well spent) but if you're worried you gotta put your vote where it counts every time you can.

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    I think about how NOT to buy first of all. I compost, recycle, grow tomatoes, haul stuff in my own bags, drive my cars for at least ten years; my clothes are old, etc. Makes no big scheme difference I know, except to me. I don't change uke strings often, and when I do, I regret it for weeks but only because they stretch. Ha! I have the thought though, if you are feeling remorse...you could take all your old uke strings and your old car, house, storage keys or other bits and make wind chimes! Recently I did a 30 day no plastic bottle challenge. That was difficult. I messed up a couple of times by accident or frustration. It is hard to find laundry detergent in cardboard boxes now. That seems wrong. I have enough ukes. One new uke, the balance is second-handers. One more, a custom and I am done and will sell off some. Just keep trying to help the planet as best YOU can, THINK before consuming, and don't always take the easy way out when disposing of items. Cheers!

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    Besides gut strings (which are perfectly biodegradable, but the requires a rather bloody manufacturing phase), Aquila actually has environmentally safer strings based on sugar and castor oil (called Sugar and Bio-nylon, resp.). I'm not sure if the end products are more biodegradable, could very well be, but the manufacturing process is much healthier for our planet.

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    D'Addario has a string recycling program, albeit I haven't taken them up on it.

    I tend to change strings frequently: often weekly if I'm practicing hard or recording. Even fluorocarbon strings wear considerably from banging against frets and, worst, are scratched and rough where I pluck them. After a couple weeks of serious playing they lose sweetness, sustain and play out of tune up the neck.

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    My car is 19 years, my previous was 25. I change strings only when they break, which is very rare. I use my own shopping bags, never use straws, trash service is mandated to sort and recycle garbage, save take out boxes for my leftovers. I ride an electric standup scooter for short errands, all in all feel good about my efforts.


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    Love it Mike, good way to live! Had to say goodbye to my 15 year old car last week after the head gasket failed. Had to also say goodbye to my new guitar fund to buy a replacement. Still, I have an exceedingly beaten up old guitar in the meantime and the best instrument is the one in your hands!

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    What most of us should think is about are carbon footprint. It is really high in countries like most of us belong.

    Ukulele strings are just nothing, if I had a burning stove they were burned in like in maybe 10 seconds.

    I do usually go to a store with my used plastic case, instead buy another one every time. Maritime pollution is just one, what is important is our carbon footprint, really!

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    I don't pay mind to any of it beyond making sure my plastic go in the recycling bin rather than the trash.
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    I wish I were more noble in many aspects of my life, but I'm not. I don't even think twice about throwing my old strings in the bin to be carried off the to land fill. I used to save them, but just in case I needed some old strings. I got past that though. I've never put an old string back on. At least I don't throw them in the creek that runs behind my house. Don't laugh, it is surprising and interesting what comes down the creek. I'm always down there picking up garbage that comes down. But I'm going to be honest and admit that I pick it up because I don't want garbage in my back yard, not because I'm trying to save the world. So I'm better than those dorks up stream from me. Do they not have garbage cans? I sound like a politician now, I'm not very good, but I'm better than those upstream guys.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I can't imagine many things worse than throwing fishing line into the water, OMG. Thank the gods my grandparents taught us better.
    Just being on the planet incurs huge amounts of pollution. Our job, as I see it, is to make our carbon footprint as small as possible. I'm an environmentalist (Formerly a professional one) and I could go on all night about this, but this possibly isn't the right forum for that. I am very passionate about caring for Mother Earth, which is a living, breathing organism. Heaven knows I've done my fair share of polluting, and I'm not proud of it.
    I change my ukes strings when they sound dull, or thuddy, or if I break one. I've learned over the past few years to make my strings last as long as possible by washing my hands before I play. I used to wear out a set in 5 months, but now I have 2 ukes and a banjouke to play, so of course, they last way longer.
    I read somewhere that Aquilas are the least earth harming strings to make...but the only ones I like are the reds.
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