Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days of GREEN! Day 4: Waste-free Music Downloads

Day 4: Waste-free Music Downloads

Music Downloads – A great way to bring joy to your ears and the environment since you are not wasting packaging or buying packaging and discs that use petroleum or plastics, cut down trees or have to be shipped (by vehicles that use gas). …And if you are a late shopper, this is perfect for you to give because it’s instant! Or you can give a gift certificate to let the gift recipient choose their own MP3 downloads!


From The American Consumer: This ConsumerGram focuses on the positive environmental impact of buying online and finds that just downloading music has resulted in 6.5 billion fewer miles driven each year. Less driving benefits the environment. Specifically, we estimate that music downloads alone have spared the emission of 23.6 million tons of greenhouse gases in the last 10 years, and is likely to contribute another 9.8 million in the next ten years.

The substitution of digital downloads for the purchase of physical recordings means that consumers no longer need to drive to the store.

source: http://www.theamericanconsumer.org/2008/07/08/going-green-downloading-music-is-good-for-the-environment/

Plus you can reduce the waste of CDs and DVDs by only buying the songs that you really like instead of buying a whole album when you really only like 3 or 4 songs.

You can also support artists who support the environment! Here are some of my favorites:
(from Amazon.com)
 
Jack Johnson: Co-founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation which supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai'i and his label, Brushfire Records is a member of the 1% for the Planet organization.







 
Dave Matthews Band: Dave Matthews Band has worked with NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide pollution their touring has created.







 

Pearl Jam: Donated over $100,000 to nine different charities devoted to green causes.

Radiohead: Supports many environmental movements including protectoceans.com and reducing fossil fuel dependency.



BTW – downloading MP3’s from Amazon is usually cheaper than iTunes AND it is super easy with Amazon’s MP3 downloader. It automatically saves MP3s into your iTunes player as well! 

Bonus: Get a $5.00 promotional code for use on Amazon Video On Demand when you buy a qualifying album or playlist for $7.99 or more on Amazon MP3 during the promotion. Limit of one code per customer

To shop now for great MP3 downloads: Click here for more GREEN Music

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