These AirPods alternatives are made from recycled plastic waste

Like the waterways of the world, plastic waste has no place in your ears. Luckily, no one is likely to use your lugholes as a receptacle for their sausage roll wrappers. But Urbanears’ latest wireless headphones will fill your channels with trash, in a bid to save the planet.

Giving thrown trash a chance to be heard, Urbanears Boo use recycled plastic for their lightweight enclosures. Component waste is recovered from all sorts of sources, ranging from discarded bottles to discarded air conditioning units. Collected, cleaned and processed, the resulting material is then used to produce a more durable set of AirPods alternatives – at a price that won’t cause a personal banking crisis.

Coming in two styles, the Urbanears Boo adopt a fixed tip design like the standard Apple AirPods. Prefer the customizable fit of a silicone insert? Urbanears Boo Tips resemble AirPods Pro with flexible tips available in three sizes, for improved comfort and noise isolation. Perfect for the soundtrack to your next beach cleanup.

The more eco-friendly of the duo is the hard-shell Boo: of all the plastic used in its construction, 97% is recycled. Boo Tips use a slightly smaller – but still respectable – 91% waste fraction. It’s all part of a push by Urbanears to be climate neutral and circular by 2030.

Different designs aside, the eco headphones are otherwise identical. Both Boo’ buds promise 4.5 hours of standalone playtime, with an additional 25.5 hours available from the charging case. Each splash-proof set also benefits from relatively large 10mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, noise-canceling mics, and onboard touch controls.

Taking cues from Apple’s school of sustainable minimalism, Urbanears also removed the USB-C cable from the Boo’s box. You probably already have one. And if you don’t, you can always buy recycled yarn from Le Cord.

Finished in Charcoal Black, Near Green, or Light Blue, both styles of Urbanears Boo are available now. Tips or fixed, each will set you back £70/$90.

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