Don’t you just hate it when you are out and about and your phone battery dies on you? Or when it’s dark and you are fumbling with your keys outside your front door trying to find the lock?
Well, Elle magazine has advertised a solution to these very annoying problems – a solar-powered handbag!
Although this may sound like a fabulous idea for us city girls who want the ultimate in convenience, the design was originally made for those without electricity and stable forms of power.
Last year Elle came across the Flap bag (short for Flexible Light and Power), which was made by Sheila Kennedy as part of the Portable Light Project. This non-profit research, design and engineering initiative was set up to help the developing world, by providing people with practical, renewable power and light.
The portable light textile used in the Flap bag can provide light for peoples homes so their children can study, and it can also charge mobile phones and other small devices to help better communication.
Elle thought this was a brilliant invention (as do I), and decided to help the cause. The magazine got in touch with eight designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Loomsate and Loeffler Randall, and asked them create a Flap bag of their own.
Above, left- right: Solar-powered bags by Diane von Furstenberg and Loeffler Randall
These bags are soon to be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to the cause.
This piece of fashionology can bring light into the lives of the world’s poorest people, give them a sustainable source of power and a better standard of living.
For more information about the Portable Light Project and how to donate, visit portablelight.org.