Sure there’s Beats, Bose, Bang & Olufsen, yada, yada, yada. But if you truly want to light your ears on fire (who doesn’t?) then speakers, headphones, and earbuds made with a nod to the planet may be just the thing for you. Forward-looking brands are combining sustainable materials, enhanced acoustics, and stylish design to set their audio equipment apart.
Always remember to play your music as loud as possible. It’s a terrific way to make (or wake) friends. And your new sustainable gear will be sure to impress.
01. House of Marley Get Together Speaker – $149.99
Bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles; this thing is like a smorgasbord of environmental goodness. You couldn’t be doused in so much eco-enlightenment if you went off grid in your own solar-powered RV and camped out in a Whole Foods parking lot eating nothing but seaweed for the rest of your foreseeable life.
But can it play? Oh, can it play. The Get Together delivers room-filling, clear sound quality. It features a built-in rechargeable battery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.5 millimeter input to ensure this speaker can connect with just about any device you throw at it.
02. Vers Audio 1Q – $129
Natural acoustic properties are utilized to deep resonant effect in the Vers 1Q. This powerful yet miniaturized bluetooth speaker possesses a small footprint in every sense of the word and benefits from a unibody design made from FSC certified sustainable wood.
Such precision manufacturing avoids seams and gluing, creating a structurally strong, durable, and aesthetically charming little speaker. Its class D amplifier uses substantially less energy than commonly found class AB amplifiers, resulting in excellent sound that lasts for hours.
03. Grain Audio OEHP – $199
Pair an expertly designed fit with natural acoustic sound resulting from the FSC certified sustainable walnut enclosures and you get a headphone that delivers an exceptional audio experience. Proprietary drivers feature a Neodymium magnet and a CCAW voice coil, which essentially means you hear the music precisely as the artist intended.
” …nice to see a headphone that delivers both great style and quality audio in what has become a market flooded with flashy, bassed up mediocrity.” — Magnetic Magazine
04. Thodio Original .50 Cal Ammo Can Boombox – $299 and up
If it’s true that napalm in the morning smells like victory, then this is the speaker you want to have with you when storming the beach or kicking it jungle-style. Fiercely durable, this bluetooth speaker system is housed in an original .50 cal ammo can. Handmade in Amsterdam.
05. Otis & Eleanor Bamboo Earbuds – $35
Premium drivers in these earbuds deliver crystal clear sound, enhanced by precision-machined bamboo casings. Unlike any other set of earbuds available today, these also feature a durable, tangle-resistant hemp cord.
Hemp is revered in sustainable circles. It grows without need for pesticides and insecticides and is incredibly durable. Long before backroom politics got hemp banished in America, the U.S. Navy used it for its naval ship ropes during WW1.
06. The Beambox – TBD
This is the most historically significant, modern-day bluetooth speaker you can own. Reclaimed and made from some of the sturdiest stuff ever known to the American heartland – hand-hewn barn wood. You know how you always say, “If these walls could talk?” Well, damn, if these walls can’t sing.