Sony has unveiled a new Earth Blue color option for its most comfortable pair of wireless headphones, the LinkBuds S. The finish is a beautiful marbled blue effect, which was created using a material made from recycled drinking fountains, helping to further boost the LinkBuds S green credentials.
The company also pledged that $2 from every sale of Sony LinkBuds S in Europe and Japan – not just the Earth Blue model – will be donated to the US nonprofit Conservation International to support its ocean conservation work.
This new promise comes after Sony previously announced that all of its LinkBuds S models and their charging cases are made from a material that combines recycled plastic parts from cars with stone – a material that is apparently recyclable. Each version of the LinkBuds S is also shipped in unbleached, unprinted, plastic-free packaging.
So even if you’re not a fan of the new Earth Blue design, you know that whichever model you choose will be more eco-friendly than many of the other best wireless headphones available on the market.
Analysis: a drop in the ocean
While we’re always pleased to see tech brands doing their bit for the environment, this latest effort by Sony is – quite literally – a drop in the bucket.
According to statistics from Conservation International and Sony, every $2 will help the charity protect about 58,824 square meters of our seas – which is equivalent to the area covered by about 47 Olympic swimming pools, so according to our calculations, Sony would need to sell about 6.2 billion pairs of its LinkBuds S to cover the entire ocean surface of the planet.
Still, it’s a commendable effort – and the LinkBuds S themselves?
In our four-star review, we praised the headphones for their comfortable, lightweight design – we could happily wear them for hours on end – and their six-hour battery life (nine with active noise-cancelling off) is respectable, if a little shorter than we would like.
In terms of audio, we were also impressed. The pleasant, non-threatening sound was full of detail and featured a well-balanced soundstage, though Sony’s buttons could have been a little more assertive; if you like to get pumped up with sassy tunes, these might not be the best choice for you, and audiophiles might prefer a pair of Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones.
But if they’re for you, then in addition to owning a great pair of headphones, you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your part to help save the planet, and specifically your own little piece of ocean.