Happy Earth Day 2013!

Happy Earth day to all our fellow Earth citizens! Today is the perfect day to pick out some tunes that deepen our appreciation for this great blue/green planet.

What music inspires you to think about nature? What music ignites your environmental activist flame? What music makes you think of flowing waters, fields of flowers, and happy squirrels?

Here’s what our Murfie staffers have to say!

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Steel PulseAfrican Holocaust
Kayla: The song “Global Warning” is a smash hit. It points out the harsh reality that a lot of environmental problems are created by humans. But it is hopeful, calling us towards a common goal to re-arrange.

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Earth – Pentastar: In the Style of Demons
Jeff: A wall of slow, crushing sludge-rock from the forefathers of doom. How could this album not make you think about the Earth, especially its immense size, and how it would feel if it rolled over you?

1dbb9dc8-e007-11e1-af0b-12313d184814Ani DiFrancoRed Letter Year
Noah: The song “The Atom” is almost a hymn, calling for taking care of the Earth and disparaging the use of nature to destroy.

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R.E.M.Green
Matt: Look at the title and cover. Need I say more?

MI0000392903Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack
Matt: Best experienced while sailing on a windy night, listening to this soundtrack really puts me in the groove of the ocean.

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Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Glynnis: “Green Arrow” has always perfectly encapsulated a lazy, aimless summer evening for me. Follow it up with “Autumn Sweater”, and you’ve got me longing for all my favorite kinds of weather, ready to go outside and enjoy a nice evening breeze.

e1d4cafe-85cb-11e1-9f65-1231381d530bBen Sollee 
RJ: My pick for Earth Day is any album by Ben Sollee. The reason I picked this wonderful musician is because he travels by bicycle when he tours. You can’t get any more earthy then Ben!

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Tiffany: Bob Dylan hails from Minnesota and his music always seems to come straight from the agricultural heart of the Midwest. This album was the one that put Dylan on the map as a folk protest singer.

MI0001645112Nick Drake Fruit Tree
Pete: Fruit Tree by Nick Drake is my choice. As well as being a great song in itself, it’s also the title of a four-disc box set featuring all three of Nick Drake’s studio albums. His music always reminds me of the English countryside. 6748-large

 

Midnight OilDiesel and Dust
Preston: The track “Dreamworld” in particular makes me feel all warm and full of hope.

MI0001767347GojiraFrom Mars to Sirius
Keith: Not many people know this, but a lot of metal can be spiritual. Many of Gojira’s songs are about getting energy from the Earth and from nature. This is a great album, although it’s not for those who are new to the traditional death-metal sound.6351-large

RadioheadHail to the Thief
Henry: Stick it to the man.

We’re hoping that everyone gets a bit of sunshine today, and a chance to think about the great planet that we call home! Maybe one of these albums will become your top Earth Day pick too!

Gotta Be Green

Here’s a green fact. In less than a year, we’ve recycled almost 15,000 pounds of plastic (more specifically – polystyrene, for all you resin ID code geeks out there!). That averages to about 1,200 pounds per month. The best part? Any material that’s recovered properly can help make other products!

Another fact. There are 15 billion music CDs out there collecting dust in U.S. homes; that amounts to more than 1 million tons of jewel cases. Here at Murfie we want it all!

Now, perhaps you haven’t heard… Earth Day is just around the corner. To celebrate, we’re making an appearance at Isthmus Green Day on Saturday, April 21st in Madison, WI. We’ll have totes, smiles, and other goodies. If you can’t be there in person, no worries (you’ll be with us in spirit).

To really get our green on, here’s a few easy, painless ways we can all help out:

1) Recycle, including old electronics
2) Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste
3) Unplug electronics when you’re not using them to kill standby/phantom power
4) Use reusable drinking containers, instead of disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles
5) Turn off the lights when you leave a room to reduce energy use
6) Don’t take 10 minute showers – consider cutting your shower short by a few minutes to conserve water
7) Lower your home thermostats, including water heater, to conserve energy
8) Buy energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to save energy
9) Use a reusable rag or towel, instead of napkins and paper towels
10) Use reusable lunch bags and shopping bags to cut down on paper and plastic

Pounds of Plastic We Recycled: the winner

Hey y’all, the winner to our Green Guessing Game has been determined… A big congrats to Melissa for leaving the guess closest to the actual weight of plastic we recycled. Melissa guessed 5,625 pounds; we recycled 6,600 pounds.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway contest! We lurve recycling plastic!

Giveaway: How Much Plastic Did We Recycle?

Ladies and gents, here’s your chance to bag some Murfie swag! For a chance to win a custom Murfie T-shirt and some Murfie stickers, all you gotta do is participate in our “green” guessing game! Tell us how many pounds of plastic you think we recycled by leaving a comment with your guess. Make sure your guess is in pounds, and be sure to fill in your name and email address (your email is not published). Please, one guess per email. The guess closest to the actual weight wins the swag.

The next 4 closest guesses each win $5 of Murfie account credit.

Now, for a hint. See the below photo for the pile of boxes we delivered to our local Waste Management facility. The Leaning Tower of Plastic measured 8 ft x 9.5 ft.

Make sure to submit your guess before midnight CST on Friday, March 30, 2012. The winners will be notified by email during the week of April 2nd.

Holiday Giveaway: a very green update

Congrats to Jeremy L for bagging the Murfie swag. He left the guess closest to the actual number of pounds of plastic we recycled. Jeremy guessed 5,555.5 pounds; we recycled 6,024 pounds.

A big thanks to everyone who participated. Don’t feel too crummy if you’re not the one taking home the prize. Really, everyone’s a winner…

less plastic in landfills = a cleaner environment

…so give yourself a pat on the back for being part of something good, public good. :)

Overwhelmed by 99 probs?

10 ways to be nice to our planet

In sharp contrast to my typical devil-may-care ‘tude (“Dream on, Ashley”), I’m gonna get a little heavy here. The world’s got >99 problems. There’s no way around it. Sustainable development, climate change, poverty, species extinction, energy security…the swarm of social, political, economic, and environmental issues can get a little overwhelming. What’s more distressing is the feeling that we are powerless to do anything, that individual action would be ineffectual, that no one is actually capable of making a meaningful difference. That’s a little scary. But you know what? I don’t think that’s an accurate representation of our capability and willingness to force change. I mean, nobody can do everything, BUT everyone can do something. And small steps can make great strides. “If you think you’re too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito” (Betty Reese).

So to get the ball rolling, I thought I’d brainstorm a few easy, painless ways we can all (all!) help out:

1) Recycle, including old electronics (no explanation needed).
2) Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste.
3) Unplug electronics when you’re not using them to kill standby/phantom power.
4) Use reusable drinking containers, instead of disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles.
5) Turn off the lights when you leave a room to reduce energy use.
6) Don’t take 10 minute showers – consider cutting your shower short by a few minutes to conserve water.
7) Lower your home thermostats, including water heater, to conserve energy.
8) Buy energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to save energy.
9) Use a reusable rag or towel, instead of napkins and paper towels.
10) Use reusable lunch bags and shopping bags to cut down on paper and plastic.

Obviously, there are a ton of other ways to help our planet, so we’d love to hear your suggestions. A good idea goes a long way, so have at it! @murfiemusic

Sayonara, plastic CD packaging!

Bidding a proper farewell to jewel cases

Here at Murfie HQ, we try to do the right, and cool, thing.  In the Murfieland context, that means providing an awesome service for buying, selling, and trading music, AND recycling plastic CD packaging.  Murfie isn’t into this whole plastics recycling thing because we are all (light/dark/bright) green-eyed, bleeding-heart liberal monsters…we recycle because it’s the right thing to do for your music experience as well as U.S. municipal solid waste (MSW) management.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of MSW (54.3%) is discarded into landfills, and 11.9% is burned at combustion facilities.  No matter the shade of your environmental eyes, that’s pretty icky for our planet.  What sort of trash are we disposing in landfills or burning?…well, along with paper, metals, yard trimmings, and glass (etc.), plastics make up 12.3% of total municipal solid waste generation.

And guess what?  Only 7 percent of that plastic waste is recovered for recycling.

A 7% recycling rate is pretty darn low.  Too low, actually.  The only right thing to do is up that rate.  That’s why Murfie makes it our business to always separate out and recycle the plastics that comprise CD packaging.  This ends up being a pretty big job, as we accumulate tons and tons of boxes chock full of jewel cases.  But because Murfie can make anything awesome, we had a bit of fun and put together a time-lapse video depicting what an epic chore unloading plastic CD stuff can be.  Check it out!

P.S. If you want to know more about that whole plastics recycling thing (and much, much more!), the EPA has put out a great facts and figures report on MSW generation, recycling, and disposal.