Nothing’s debut earbuds are now available in black

Launched earlier this year in an attractive white and clear plastic color scheme, Nothing’s Ear 1 earbuds will soon be available in black. The new black edition of Nothing Ear 1 still has transparent plastic in its construction, but is now joined by matte black plastic. The new color scheme will be available everywhere from December 13 for the same price as the original white versions: $99 / £99.

Aside from the new design, these earbuds are functionally identical to what Nothing released earlier this year. You still get up to 5.7 hours of battery life from the noise-cancelling earbuds turned off, up to four hours when you turn them on. In addition to the case, you get a maximum of 34 hours. The earbuds are also IPX4 water resistant and can be charged wirelessly with Qi.

A close-up of the earplugs.
Image: Nothing

The company is shaping the new color as a “limited edition”, but added that it hopes it will become “a permanent addition to its range”.

Also, nothing claims that the Ear 1 earbuds are now carbon neutral and that it works with a third-party certification company SGS to help assess and neutralize its carbon footprint. But the company also accepts payments for them in cryptocurrencies, whose payment networks are notoriously energy-intensive to use. The Bitcoin network alone is estimated to use about the as much electricity per year as Washington state, and reportedly 25 to 60 percent of this comes from non-renewable sources.

When I didn’t ask about this apparent contradiction, it pointed me to the… Crypto Climate Agreement, an effort to have the crypto industry produce net-zero emissions nine years from now by 2030.

If you want to buy Nothing’s “carbon neutral” cryptocurrency earbuds, the company accepts Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), USD Coin (USDC), and Dogecoin (DOGE) for purchases through its own online store in select countries, including the US. the UK, Canada and Japan.