The Elle Portable Light Project
I was reading my monthly fashion magazines and came upon this lovely info on Elle: a messenger bag outfitted with a small, flexible solar panel, a HBLED light, a rechargeable battery pack, and a USB port. Called the Flap Bag, (short for “Flexible Light and Power”) it was the brainchild of the brilliant architect Sheila Kennedy, who directs the Portable Light Project, a non-profit initiative that provides solar textile kits to empower the world’s poorest people who do not have access to electricity. Kennedy’s team works with nongovernmental organizations, providing training to women so they can integrate the technology into local textile materials using commonly available materials and their sewing and weaving skills. The results are surprising: a culturally diverse range of blankets, bags, and clothing that generate clean, sustainable energy and light, while supporting local economies."
I think it's an awesome idea and a great way to be fashionable and at the same time conscious about our planet.
Please visit www.portablelight.org or http://www.elle.com/Fashion/Fashion-Spotlight/Portable-Light-Project for more information on the bags.