Thinksound, a Canadian manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, has just released the first headphones made from bioplastic. Called ov21, they are composed of over 40% biobased content sourced from sustainably harvested trees.
Designing these new headphones was a challenge for Thinksound. How do you develop high-performance headphones that meet the most demanding requirements of audio professionals, musicians and music lovers, while remaining environmentally responsible?
Acoustic performance and environmental responsibility
Thinksound found the answer with Trēva™ bioplastic, a biosourced opaque polymer sourced from Eastmann, a plastics producer based in Kingsport, Tennessee (USA). Certified by the USDA, it is designed to replace components usually made of ABS. Made from sustainable wood pulp, it reduces resonance, distortion and improves acoustic performance. Trēva™ also offers excellent durability, chemical resistance and processability properties required for technical applications in consumer electronics.
Of course, the Canadian brand's design hallmarks are on full display, and the headphones offer the company’s customary listening comfort.
The audio company is also developing two wireless headphones that will use sustainable materials as part of its commitment to environmentally-friendly innovation. Ov21 leads the way and has been available for purchase since November 2021.