SciTech in a Flash

Sustainably Sourced Instruments

Thursday, February 22, 2018

First introduced in 12th century Europe, the guitar is now a ubiquitous musical instrument. Guitars are made from the rarest forms of wood and it has become increasingly difficult to source that wood from the tropics. Our environmental reporting partner EarthFix brings us to the damp forests of the Pacific Northwest, home to the fast-growing big leaf maple tree, which may offer a solution for sourcing wood for ethical and sustainable instruments.