Finnish studio Aivan facilitates one of the more impressive sustainable material explorations and it proves the viability of its findings through a pair of eco-friendly headphones.
Dubbed 'Korvaa,' the product highlights an engaging approach to manufacturing that utilizes a combination of microbially grown substances. Succeeding in the quest for a balanced relationship between biology and engineering, the eco-friendly headphones boast six different biologically derived materials.
To built the over-ear audio device, Aivan utilized trichoderma reesei — a fungus, mycelium from phanerochaete chrysosporium, yeast, spider silk, cellulose, as well as a cellulose-mycelium composite.
The eco-friendly headphones have been built in a tentative collaboration between Aivan, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University. The goal was to create a three-dimensional object that boasts the benefits of bioplastic and seeks to "showcase the potential [...] of synthetic biology."