by Cristina Foung
My favorite green product of the week: Vers 2X wooden iPod dock
What is it?
The Vers 2X is a compact, all-in-one iPod dock. It plays and charges any iPod (or iPhone; it also comes with a universal MP3 dock in case you’re breaking the mold with a Zen or a Zune or something else). It has 2 3” 15-watt speakers, dual port design for deeper bass, and a sweet little silver remote control.
Why is it better?
If you’re going to be playing music, you want it to sound good. Well, the Vers 2X sure does sound good. It amazes me every time I turn mine on how such a little box can produce such solid sound.
But on to the “green factor:” Vers uses wood which displaces 80% of what otherwise would have been plastic. They’ve also done their homework so the wood they use is sustainably harvested. Each unit is also put together with screws (not adhesives or snaps), so each dock can be broken down for easy recycling. There’s no formaldehyde or toxic glue in the wood bonding. And in other chemical news, Vers is RoHS compliant.
The packaging is also made from 100% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable. The class D amplifier used in Vers 2X is 80% more energy efficient than other amplifiers. That means it uses about half the energy to produce the same amount of sound.
Where can you find it?
You can get your 2X for a (suggested retail) price of $149.99 directly through the Vers website or through any of their retailers (Target.com, Feel More Human, and many others). Also, back when I got mine, they only had it in Natural Cherry, but now you can choose from Bamboo, Natural Walnut, or Dark Walnut.
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.