So, here are my thoughts on why playing the ukulele is good for the environment. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
The carbon footprint of a uke versus, say a guitar, is tiny:
- Less wood needed to build (and creative luthiers are working with sustainable materials like bamboo, or recycled materials like lunchboxes)
- Four strings versus 6 (or 24 or 33!)
- Far less metal to smelt to make frets (wow!)
- Uke music takes fewer trees to publish, owing to the diminutive size of the chord diagrams
- Less frequently electrically amplified (much to the delight of my wife and kids)
- And, finally, the most painfully obvious: less fossil fuel used driving from gig to gig (owing to the infrequent occurrence of the latter)
"The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra blows carved-out carrots, taps turnips, claps with eggplant cymbals, twangs on rhubarb fibers, and rustles parsley and greens, all in the creation of an experimental sound that eventually winds up -- literally -- in the audience's stomach...Great stuff! But leek-zucchini-vibrators?
"...The instruments are made from scratch just one hour prior to each performance using the freshest vegetables available, then all ninety pounds of vegetables are cooked into a soup following the performance."