Drummers Keep a Greener Beat

St. Louis Taiko Center Open House

St. Louis Taiko Center Open House - June 18, 2011 | Copyright Shandi S. Greve Penrod | note: children's faces have been lovingly blurred; they are not disfigured children.

Yesterday I attended the open house for St. Louis Osuwa Taiko‘s new studio, St. Louis Taiko Center, which the group acquired a few months ago and fitted as a practice studio and taiko center. While the group is not yet completely committed to going green it was cool to see the steps they were taking.

One of the members, the group leader, in fact, rides his bike to practices (what a leader!). A recycling bin sits in the greeting room. Second-hand chairs line the greeting-room walls. The studio, though, made me particularly happy.

I gave a big smile as I entered the large, open space and saw the walls. They used new materials designing their studio, sure, but made a big green choice, too. The studio was originally a stock room. A big garage door, through which semi-tractor trailers could unload, makes half the back wall. The original walls and floors are cement. The group, of course, needed to add sound-absorbing material so the deafening echoes wouldn’t damage members’ eardrums.  Along with new egg crate foam they chose second-hand paper egg crates to absorb sound and decorate the walls of the studio. They also have second-hand cubicle walls they plan to use at a future date in the studio for additional soundproofing.

This group is a great example of how one can make environmentally aware choices without breaking the bank. Even small choices make an impact, as I’m sure they noticed in their smaller construction expenses. I don’t want to forget to applaud those of use who are in the beginning stages of learning to make environmentally aware decisions.

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko comprises part of a growing number of people environmental entrepreneur Josh Dorfman would fondly call lazy environmentalists, and I thank St. Louis Osuwa Taiko and all others who make similar small efforts to keep chemicals and other materials out of our shared environment. Less new polyurethane foam, for example, means fewer toxic chemicals off gassing into the air and dispersing into neighbors’ homes.

The smallest choices matter—more than one may think.


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