Ninja Tune & AIAIAI Promise Sustainable Solutions With Headphones Made From Recycled Records
Apr 27, 2021
2 min read
Danish audio design company AIAIAI and British record label Ninja Tune have collaborated to develop a custom set of headphones made from recycled vinyl records. The TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition features speaker modules crafted from recycled Ninja Tune vinyl.
The headphones are indicative of the rich and detailed sound for which AIAIAI is known. Their durability, comfort, and sound quality are trusted by Richie Hawtin, Charlotte de Witte, Busy P, Skream, and Kaytranada.
The TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition comes in both on-ear and over-ear designs and features vegan leather cushions, further reducing their environmental impact. They are Bluetooth compatible and will last up to 20 hours on one charge. If you see yourself hopping a plane to a festie or spending hours relaxing poolside, TMA-2 will be the perfect companion.
Ninja Tune is the legendary UK record label founded in 1990 by Matt Black and Jonathon More (aka Coldcut) as an outlet for their releases. Over the last 30 years, it has grown to be a respected innovative and forward-thinking independent label with releases from Bicep, Peggy Gou, ODESZA, Diplo, Tycho, and more.
Their dedication to social change goes back to Coldcut’s 1997 collaboration with Greenpeace, Timber. A song and video created from a Greenpeace film on the destruction of the rainforest. They used audio and visual samples of chainsaws, falling trees, axes, and logging machines to craft a driving beat and a compelling environmental message.
Ninja Tune’s continued dedication to climate action is reflected in its pledge to be carbon neutral by the end of 2021. And carbon-negative beyond that.
AIAIAI’s line of modular headphones were created with sustainable solutions in mind. The award-winning TMA-2 line can be upgraded and expanded as technology advances. If the headband or cups break you can purchase individual replacement parts instead of trashing the whole unit, thereby extending the life of your headphones and reducing waste.
AIAIAI sees the collaboration as a logical next step. They said, “Building on this modular approach and a desire to to do something meaningful together, the natural progression was to experiment with Ninja Tune's main ressource: Vinyl.”
For Ninja Tune the chance to collaborate with a company that has such a creative approach to sustainability is intentional. They said, “We are keenly aware of the need to explore more ecological and earth positive means of manufacturing. To continue to exist as an industry we need to place these topics at the forefront of discussions and decisions. This collaboration is not the final answer, but more so an example of how working towards greener solutions can lead to innovative and exciting results. This project is an opportunity to continue to shine a light on an increasingly pressing global issue.”
The AIAIAI TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition retails for USD 250 and is available now.