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.
Is there such thing as a green rock star? I know my colleague Chris Baskind of More Minimal doesn’t think so: adding up the environmental impact just from touring makes the concept difficult to swallow.
While I agree with Chris in principle, I’ve got to admit that I like any genuine effort that a band makes to lighten its environmental footprint… and Pearl Jam’s announcement of its carbon mitigation strategy for last year’s world tour (as well as upcoming time on the road) has a lot to recommend it.