Love Ben Harper
and Jack Johnson
’s music and their environmental activism, too? Now you can wear your feelings on your sleeve — by buying a bracelet made with one of the musicians’ used guitar strings — while supporting an eco-charity too.
The bracelets are made by Wear Your Music
, which nabs old guitar strings from musicians, adds on a 100 percent recycled silver clasp, and sells them — sending 100 percent of the profits to a charity of the artist’s choice. In Ben Harper’s case, that charity’s Living Lands & Waters
, an environmental nonprofit that works to clean up American rivers. Jack Johnson chose 1% for the Planet
For $150, either of the musicians’ bracelets can be yours. Prices for the bracelets range from $75 - $500. Order one, and it’ll arrive in a recycled DVD case, along with a certificate of authenticity.
Keep in mind that the 100-percent donation of the profits to charities only applies to the artists’ bracelets, not the “fashion bracelets” also sold on the site. I tend to prefer percentage of sales donations because percentage of profit donations are so untransparent (meaning there’s no way for you to know what portion of the $150 you spend will actually go to charity. In fact, if the company doesn’t turn a profit, no money would go to charity). Still, 100 percent of the profits seems like an impressive commitment.
Not sure whose bracelet to get? Here are the top 10 best green songs
, as selected by By Alyssa Kropp, one of MNN’s student correspondents.