Eco-friendliness isn't my biggest concern when it comes to buying headphones, but I guess even Greenpeace likes listening to music, so designer Michael Young has created these recyclable over-the-ear cans as a follow-up to his cornstarch earbuds.
While you can't just chuck 'em in the recycling bin when you tire of the music scene, the headphones are made from repurposable materials like stainless steel, aluminium and cornstarch bio-plastics. Created as part of a joint effort between EOPS, Michael Young and online store Collette, the Noisezero O+ Eco edition ear goggles are also as good for discerning ears as they are for the environment.
The extra large 50mm Titanium coated HD driver unit with neodymium iron boron magnet generates powerful sound. Also the state of the art Titanium coated high rigidity driver diaphragm eliminates unwanted vibration for sound supremacy. The internal double bass reflex chamber design and tuned bass port produce super strong bass, while its balanced air pressure tuned treble ports provide extra clear treble. By using cornstarch bio-plastics to build the ear-buds acoustics chamber, natural feeling mid tone can be achieved.
For $US159 the headphones even feature a three-button inline remote with microphone for taking calls when used with a smartphone and are available in a grey anthracite or gold finish. I know they're not exactly at the highest end of the headphone pricing scale, but for close to $US200 I'd at least expect them to have a single cord design. [Collette via ChipChick]