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These Bags are All ‘Charged Up’

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by anonimiss

I stumbled upon the Noon Solar website quite by chance and boy, am I glad I did! With an amazing collection of chic/ casual/sporty/ everyday use bags integrated with a solar panel to capture that overbearing noon light and help charge your ipod or cell phone while you’re going about your work, Noon Solar has an ace up its sleeve.

Noon Solar bags incorporate flexible solar panels to keep cell phones and iPods charged. Each bag is designed to be able to sit in a window at work or in the car to collect charges. The solar power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, weighing about 4oz, found inside the bag. Because the solar power is stored inside a battery pack, cell phones and iPods can be charged day or night.

Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials so that the bags can skip the landfill and go directly into your backyard without hurting the earth. The bags are safe and non-toxic, and most of the materials will actually nourish the earth if buried. The other materials such as the solar panel and hardware can be removed and recycled or reused.

Further, the bags are, in fact, made of biodegradable materials such as chrome-free leathers that are tanned with sustainably harvested materials like rhubarb and walnuts and naturally hand-dyed hemp/cotton fabrics.

While there are several bags that incorporate the solar panel for a similar result, I loved these bags for their great styling, a good instance of technology and design complementing each other so well.  What else can I say? Despite a slightly steep price, I’m impressed!!


Solar Bottle

Posted in green, product design with tags , , , , on August 18, 2008 by anonimiss

One sixth of the world’s population has no access to safe drinking water, increasing their risk of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, Hepatitis A and dysentery. In this scenario, the Solar Bottle designed by Alberto Meda and Francisco Gomez Paz is indeed commendable.

The duo have designed a container that brings the best out of the SODIS system, a simple, low-cost solution for treating drinking water at a household level. Contaminated water is filled into transparent plastic bottles. When exposed to full sunlight for six hours, the pathogens in the water are destroyed.

The Solar Bottle has one transparent face for UV-A + infrared rays collection and one aluminum color to increase the reflections. The high ratio surface/thickness of the low cost four liter container improves the performance of solar disinfection and its flat shape makes it stackable and facilitates storage. A handle makes it possible to regulate the angle for best solar exposition and ensures easy transportation.

The design won the duo the INDEX AWARD last year.