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Brief Published: 2 Sep 2013

Re:Plattan: Headphones Made from Waste


The latest addition to Swedish brand UrbanEars’ headphone range, Re:Plattan are made from recycled components taken from the brand’s existing Plattan headphones. Made from leftover parts or casings from broken headphones, the earpieces have unusual colour combinations that help to distinguish them from the rest of the range. 

In addition to promoting sustainability through recycling, money from each purchase of Re:Platten headphones will go to US-based environmental preservation group Pax Natura to preserve 5 sqm of Costa Rican rainforest. Each product tag has a unique ‘Pax code’ that reveals the exact co-ordinates and a satellite view of the plot of land saved when entered into the UrbanEars GetPax website.

For more on how recycled materials are being applied to product design, see the Supercycle section of Stylus industry trend Design Democracy: Slow. Also see our report on the London Design Museum’s exhibition The Future is Here for more on the creation of waste-free consumer electronics.