We've seen earphones separating themselves from the competition in a number of ways, but to the best of our knowledge the Thinksound ts02+mic earphones are the first to pitch their eco-friendly credentials as a selling point. From the recyclable packaging - including cables tied with string, rather then secured with cable ties - to the wooden casing, Thinksound has attempted to ensure that every aspect of its earphones keeps the environmental impact of producing them in mind. The question, therefore, is whether doing so has resulted in any unbearable compromises.
At £59 a pair, Thinksound isn't charging a massive premium for the green credentials of its earphones. Even if you don't care for the eco-friendly nature of the Thinksound ts02+mic earphones derived from the use of recycled material in creating their packaging, you'll definitely appreciate its benefit in ensuring there's a minimal amount of superfluous cardboard surrounding the earphones. On a more practical level, we like the use of cotton for the carrying case bundled with the ts02+mic earphones, as it rejects synthetic materials without being any less practical.
The wooden casing of the earpieces has the twofold benefit of coming from a renewable source, and of providing a resonant material for encasing the Thinksound ts02s' 8mm drivers. It also looks rather fetching, especially in the 'chocolate' (read: dark wood) and black colour variations; though the 'silver cherry' option isn't unattractive.
Sticking with the environmentally friendly stance, the plastic used in the cables of the Thinksound ts02s is PVC-free. Technically of natural origin are the silicone tips, provided in four sizes, although we've yet to see silicone come out of the ground in such a convenient form. We were able to get a comfortable, noise-excluding seal with the second smallest tips, so can't see any buyers having an issue. If a better seal than the available tips can achieve is needed, Comply foam tips can be purchased separately.