The use of audio equipment is an essential aspect of many people’s everyday lives. Whether it be a video meeting, mobile call, moment of relaxation, powering through a workout or just rocking out to some awesome tunes, the right accessories can make or break your experience. Until recently, enjoying music also meant investing in devices that were heavy on plastic and light on environmentally friendly design.
Fortunately, there now exist companies looking to change that dynamic.
An Unsustainable Soundscape
The Bluetooth revolution has ushered in a new wave of portable audio devices. From earphones to earbuds, speakers to soundbars, there exists a product for every occasion. Gone are the issues of finding the right connector, or dealing with cord spaghetti. Yet this freedom of choice for personal audio devices that we can ‘enjoy on the go’ often overshadows the growing environmental concerns of sustainability and pollution.
Most devices on the market today are made up of plastic, metal and silicone, which are rarely sourced from sustainable or recycled materials. It is rarer still to find companies who participate in environmental programs designed to offset their production, or who are intrinsically aligned with environmental conservation.
Enter, the House of Marley.
Founded with sustainability in mind, House of Marley strives to deliver premium audio products that are environmentally friendly yet don’t sacrifice quality or comfort. Named after the musical legend Bob Marley, the company, in partnership with Marley’s family, aims to carry on the musician’s love for music and the planet.
Sustainably Sourced Sound
Bamboo, a unique, signature look features prominently throughout House of Marley’s wide catalogue of products, echoing the ethos of organic, natural and sustainable audio technology.
The company prides itself on its unique production process, and it is not hard to see why. There is a conscious decision behind what goes into every device, and almost every component imaginable is sourced with sustainability in mind. From reclaimed speaker fabrics and recyclable aluminum, to the FSCTM certified wood and organic cork, there is a lot to like about their eco-conscious product design. The packaging is also mindfully sourced, utilising recycled paper and plastics to reduce waste and offset environmental impacts. CNC-milled bamboo, a unique, signature look features prominently throughout House of Marley’s wide catalogue of products, echoing the ethos of organic, natural and sustainable audio technology.
Beyond design, Project Marley is yet another commitment to sustainability. Each year, the company contributes proceeds to the One Tree Planted organisation, a non-profit dedicated to global reforestation. As of 2017, this commitment has led to nearly 300,00 trees being planted, supporting the promotion of clean air, bio-diversity and other positive environmental impacts.
House of Marley offers three main product lines, covering headphones, speakers and turntables. The first category features of plethora of options, including true wireless earbuds, wireless headphones and corded counterparts – with designs reminiscent of popular audio devices, albeit featuring signature bamboo highlights. Prices range from $14.99 USD for traditional wired earbuds up to $199.99USD for premium wireless headphones. The Exodus Wireless over-ear headphones are currently rated at 4.5 stars from 87 consumer reviews.
There are also a range of portable speakers, ranging from smaller mini speakers ($149.99 USD) to the ‘Bag of Riddim‘ audio system ($299.99 USD). The latter is meant to be an all-in-one sound system on the go, packing 3.5″ Woofers and 1″ Tweeters in a portable design complete with shoulder strap, handles and handy storage compartments.
Finally, the company also offers traditional ($199.99 USD) and wireless ($249.99 USD) turntables, both featuring eco-friendly fabric, silicone and aluminum. Each deck is topped with natural bamboo and supports USB input for digital audio compatability.
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