CES 2011: House of Marley Audio Products

At least one of the new audio products from the House of Marley does use hemp in its manufacturing. But you kind of figured that.

Wisecracks aside, this is cool: Seizing on the inextricable link between music and electronics, the House of Marley –started a year or so ago by the family of the late reggae legend Bob Marley – came to the Consumer Electronics Show this year to launch three collections of earth-friendly audio electronics. Jammin,’ Freedom and Destiny include earbudsheadphones, docking stations, speakers and boom boxes. The products are the result of a partnership with the health and wellness company HoMedics.

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image via The House of Marley

The House of Marley said its products were defined by four principles: superior quality, a hallmark of the great artist himself; sustainable sourcing, including using Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; cause minded, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Marley charity 1Love.org; and waste conscious.

It’s on that last point that the hemp enters the picture. Marley earbuds and headphones, the company noted, “come with storage bags made from natural fibers, such as cotton and hemp.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.