Sustainable Listening: Bambass Headphones Leading the Way

In a world where incorporating sustainability has become a thing in order to keep our planet safe from further damage, several innovations emerge as a guiding light for a better future, and one such innovative spirit comes from a young visionary from India- “Aakansh Chaturvedi”, who developed a sustainable open-back headphone made up of Bamboo. Aakansh Chaturvedi is a student from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay). In this article, we further delve into the captivating narrative behind the commencement of bamboo headphones and their role in fostering a greener tomorrow.

Aakansh Chaturvedi merged Indian traditional craftmanship with sustainability by introducing “Bambass”, which means a headphone made from Bamboo which are better than plastic headphones while also being 70% biodegradable. It is a fusion of eco-conscious unique intricate design and cutting-edge audio technology. The use of bamboo gives homage to all the bamboo workers in India and also beyond that it gives environment a safer side, delivering exceptional audio quality side by side.

Bambass headphones, are made from a blend of biodegradable and recyclable raw materials, melamine, and leather. This choice of materials is done so as to make the headphones durable, light-weight and flexible. There is also presence of an innovative screw mechanism which helps users to adjust the length, the leather then helps in enhancing the grip of the headphones giving comfort in itself. The headband, made from leather is a testament to resilience and flexibility ensuring comfortable fit for everyone.

In order to make it look unique, the outer ear cup of every headphone is designed in such a way that the rich bamboo craftmanship is clearly visible. The material bamboo is versatile to use which makes it an ideal material for such audio devices by also enhancing an overall sound experience and echoing the local historical significance. This new innovation gives us a new light of the ways in which bamboo can be used in such creative ways apart from sticking to the tradition of using bamboo only in the fields of basket weaving, toy making or crafting of musical instruments.

In a world where there were many difficulties with the use of plastic, this invention from a product designer is a beacon of hope. Bambass from the perspective of Aakansh is not merely a sustainable alternative, but also a product which gives him a way to his imagination of creating a world where every gadget and product in the market has an eco-friendly alternative for it. In conclusion, this new innovation stands out as a transformative power of sustainable design and beauty of the local craftmanship which is long ago incorporated in the Indian roots. It is also quoted by Rachel Carson, an environmentalist that “In nature, nothing exists alone.” This quote reminds us of our interconnectedness with the environment and our responsibility to preserve it for the generations to come.

Written and Edited by: Nandni Ranpara