Green tip for week #7 — Week of June 15, 2008

Purchase your music in digital format

This week’s green living tip is a simple way to make a small step toward environmental responsibility. Technology finally has progressed from plastic records, plastic tapes, plastic cd’s and more, to digital music that can be downloaded online. Downloading your favorite song, album, or compilation of music online may not seem like it is a plan of action for saving the planet, but remember, every effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle helps!

When you download music electronically, rather than purchasing cds, you save the environmental cost of the manufacturing, shipping, and distribution of that cd. Add in the environmental cost of everyone driving to their favorite record store or cd shop, the plastic bag the cd will get placed in, the plastic wrap, the paper receipt, and the plastic cd case you may ultimately throw away, and that is a lot of product and waste for something as simple as purchasing music.

Purchasing your favorite music online helps you avoid the environmental cost of all the items mentioned above. Even better, it’s instant gratification -you can get the music you want, when you want it, and you save gas, all while reducing your impact on the environment.

Buying your music online is a simple, effective way to implement a green living and environmentally responsible decision. For more weekly green tips, come back to and tell your friends and colleagues about the weekly green tips found at Please leave a comment, suggestion, or idea below.