6 Sustainable Tech Products Made Out Of Recycled Materials

If you're a Gen X-er or younger, you've probably been told all your life to recycle anything and everything recyclable. That includes cans, bottles, glass, paper products, and so on. It's easy enough to recycle the aforementioned materials, because your local trash collectors will gather all of those when you set them aside in clear bags or properly labeled bins.

However, when it comes to other potentially recyclable items, like old electronics, it gets more complicated, and usually requires you to bring your e-waste to specialized recycling plants. Trying to find electronic products that contain recycled materials can prove difficult as well, particularly when it comes to tech. This has become more and more of a concern in recent years thanks to the rare earth minerals required by many computers and computer-adjacent tech products, especially since they're often sourced under less than ethical circumstances.

This has resulted in a bigger push for more sustainable and fair trade tech products, both sourcing materials more ethically, and using recycled materials whenever possible. Though this is becoming more popular, it's not super-common just yet, so let's take a look at a range of tech products you can buy right now that include a significant amount of recycled materials.

House of Marley Stir It Up turntable

One company that's at the forefront of sustainable tech products is House of Marley, a "collaboration" with the family of reggae legend Bob Marley to continue his "legacy of love for music and planet." One of House of Marley's most eye-catching products is the Stir it Up, a turntable for playing vinyl records that's impressively feature-packed and sustainable for its $199.99 MSRP price tag — or $249.99 MSRP for the Bluetooth-enabled model.

For starters, it checks off some pretty important boxes for a $200 turntable: It includes a built-in pre-amp so, apart from speakers, you don't need any extra accessories to use it; a USB output for digitizing your vinyl; a 3.5mm aux out; a speed-adjustment switch; and a replaceable cartridge. That last one is particularly important because it allows for an upgrade path without having to buy a new turntable.

Sustainability-wise, the turntable's plinth is made from bamboo, and the other solid parts use recycled plastic and recyclable aluminum. Silicone is manufactured using post-process and post-consumer waste, while fabric is woven from recycled hemp and PET plastic, along with reclaimed cotton.

How does it sound? Pretty darned good according to professional reviews. In particular, Louder gave it four-and-a-half stars out of five, touting its "great sound for the price," while Digital Trends gave it the same score and an Editors' Choice recommendation, and praised its "warm, dynamic sound."