Are ‘Microbe-Grown Headphones’ the Future of Sustainable Audio Technology?



Korvaa headphones were grown using fungus and a yeast-based bioplastic grown by microbes.  Biodegradable, landfill-free electronics sound like a good idea for the future.


Finnish studio Aivan worked in collaboration with scientists to create the microbially grown headphones. There are six different substances at play here, and they were designed to showcase the potential of synthetic biology to create a sustainable future.


The idea is to move away from the culture of planned obsolescence in electronics, where old is disposed for new on a regular schedule.  Finnish design house Aivan said nature produces some of the most durable and most versatile substances known to man, so they set out to figure out how to harness that power.


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