Buy music, support green non-profits: the Patagonia Music Collective

Got eclectic tastes in music? Have no problem shifting directly from Pearl Jam to Ben Sollee? Pride yourself on a collection of unique, even hard-to-find, tracks on your mp3 player? Outdoor wear maker Patagonia has you covered… and their new collection of downloadable songs from artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Maroon 5 to Philip Glass also gives you an opportunity to support a variety of environmental non-profits just by making the purchase.

Dubbed the Patagonia Music Collective, this collection of 24 songs features old favorites, remakes and live versions, and even an original song from moe. Each artist picked the track they’d contribute, and also the non-profit to which proceeds from sale of that song would go. So, buy Jack Johnson’s “To the Sea,” and contribute to the K?kua Hawai’i Foundation. Ziggy Marley’s acoustic version of “A Fire Burns for Freedom” supports the Jamaica Environment Trust. And Toad the Wet Sprocket’s (remember them?) acoustic version of “Walk on the Ocean” benefits South Coast Habitat Restoration.

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard told Rolling Stone that he thinks such efforts can have a ripple effect: “”My hope is that fans see their favorite artists supporting the environment and want to get involved themselves… The groups these musicians are supporting are the ones that are ultimately going to save the planet.”

Want to help… or just get some new tunes? Check out the song listings, and let us know what you think of any you choose to buy.


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