Eco-friendly Guitars – From the Forest to the Factory

Taylor Guitars believes in being an active participant in the worldwide ecosystem and the company expresses that belief by making sure its guitars represent the highest level of eco-responsibility at every stage of construction.

Taylor Guitars was established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has since become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic, acoustic/electric and electric guitars.

The renowned guitar company, headquartered in El Cajon, California, has grown since 1974 from a small operation to a large enterprise that now employs nearly 700 people.  Each day, Taylor Guitars produces hundreds of guitars in its state-of-the-art factories in El Cajon and Tecate, Mexico. The company’s guitars are available in more than 800 retail locations in North America and more than 60 countries worldwide. However, the company’s undeniable growth has not hindered its commitment to the environment.

In the 1990s, Taylor developed an environmentally friendly polyester guitar finish that didn’t have the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in finishes commonly used on other guitars. Taylor also changed its specifications for milling neck wood from mahogany trees to increase the number of guitar necks yielded from each tree harvested by about 50 percent. Even the containers that house its guitars are made with the environment in mind. Taylor’s Partner, Reflex Packaging, uses recyclable materials to produce the guitar box inserts used to cushion guitars during transport.

Another sustainable initiative taken by Taylor was to increase the companies recycling efforts. In 2011, Taylor recycled more than 35 tons of cardboard, 20,000 pounds of paper and paper products, all plastic wrap, used printer toners, electronic equipment, batteries, fluorescent lights, blades, and electrical parts and components, including e-waste recyclables and oil and coolant products.

Much of its scrap wood and sawdust is converted into particleboard and mulch, and some pieces are even donated to a local association that transforms the materials into toys for orphans in Tijuana, Mexico.

Even as a growing, multi-national company, Taylor Guitars believes in the importance of not just its product, but of the environment and community.

To learn more about Taylor Guitar’s commitment to sustainability, visit its website.

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