Rock stars may not want to dress in Patagonia apparel but most of them will definitely want to participate in their newest environmental project, the Patagonia Music Collective.
The Patagonia Music Collective is a collection of music featuring eco-conscious musicians such as Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Brandi Carlile and many more. So far, two volumes containing 11 tracks each are available. Exclusive tracks are sold at $.99 each and the complete albums at $10.98 each with all proceeds benefiting environmental organizations of the artists' choice.
Listeners can choose their favorite song on iTunes or on Patagonia Music based on their favorite melody or on their favorite cause. The collective contains as much variety in music genres as it does in environmental action groups so people can download Bonnie Raitt and John Cleary's live version of "So Damn Good" and show their support for Earthjustice or Brandi Carlile's "Turpentine" and help the efforts of Honor the Earth.
Through the Patagonia Music Collective program, musicians can direct money to specific environmental causes by simple donating a song that listeners will be excited to buy since they were previously unavailable. Furthermore, musicians all over the world can push this environmental effort forward by getting involved and providing financing for the environment through their music.
No wonder Patagonia was featured as "The Coolest Company on the Planet" on Fortune's April 2007 cover. Not only are they helping our planet by delighting our ears with harmony and rhythm, but their clothing line is produced with organically grown cotton and soon, consumers will be able to recycle any Patagonia product through their Common Threads recycling program.
Take a look at the list of benefit tracks from the Patagonia Music Collective and match your musical taste to your favorite environmental cause.
Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary, "So Damn Good (Live)"
Zac Brown Band, "Cold Hearted (Live)"
Blitzen Trapper, "All the Stones"
Mason Jennings, "Don't Let the World Go Black"
Freedom to Roam
Jack Johnson, "To the Sea"
Kokua Hawai'i Foundation
Brandi Carlile, "Turpentine (Live)"
Honor the Earth
moe., "One Life"
Abigail Washburn (Feat. Kai Welch and Shanghai Restoration Project), "Sala (USA)"
China Branch of the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots
Spoek Mathambo, "Fly Away"
The Bad Plus, "Who's He?"
Defenders of Wildlife
Ben Sollee, "The Wire"
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Ziggy Marley, "A Fire Burns for Freedom (Acoustic)"
Jamaica Environmental Trust
Maroon 5, "Wake Up Call (Live)"
Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Walk on the Ocean (Acoustic)"
South Coast Habitat Restoration
Pearl Jam, "Oceans (Live)"
Conservation International Marine Programs
Piers Faccini, "Until Silence Reads the Lines"
Environmental Justice Foundation
Sun Kill Moon, "Chin Swee Suite"
The Ohio River Way
Philip Glass, "Kyoko's House"
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Ra Ra Riot, "The Orchard (Friendly Ghost Remix)"
The Conservation Alliance
John Scofield, "How Deep"
Pesticide Action Network North America
Umphrey's McGee, "Hajimemashite"
Brett Dennen, "Little Cosmic Girl"
Tuolumne River Trust
The Patagonia Music Collective will continue to release one benefit track and three emerging tracks every week, so log on to buy your favorite tune and sway to the rhythm of environmental change.
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