United by a shared focus on environmental responsibility, the headphones represent a joint commitment to “doing things better.”
The vision of doing something meaningful together saw the to brands experiment with vinyl, with Ninja Tune remarking “we finally found a way for you to listen to our deeper cuts.”
The limited edition TMA-2 Ninja Tune headphones are out now and the cans have customised detail and a rich sound representation based on the Danish company’s Bio Cellulose SO5 drivers.
They also come with on and over-ear vegan leather cushions while the wireless audio via Bluetooth 5.0 delivers 20 hours of uninterrupted listening.
AIAIAI co-founder Frederik Jørgensen said: “Since 2010 with the launch of TMA-1 headphones we’ve been committed to doing things better.
“Sustainability has since been a key aspect of our design and development process and we still believe we’re only just getting started.
“Informed by a heritage of Scandinavian design we create products far beyond trend-driven aesthetics, with sustainable modular functionality and recycled materials we extend the longevity of every product and create less waste for the planet- designed to last.”
Both AIAIAI and Ninja Tune have pledged to tackle the inherent difficulties of pursuing sustainability with their businesses.
AIAIAI are implementing usage of recycled material for components of their headphones while Ninja Tune has committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2021 by switching to renewable energy sources and adopting lower-impact supply chain techniques.
Joe Durnan, Ninja Tune’s Senior Designer, added: “As a label we are keen to not only celebrate the past but also mark our intentions going forward both sonically and ethically.
“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."
Buy the TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition here.
Paddy Edrich is a freelance writer, follow him on Twitter