If you’re not the type to rock a purse made of recycled bottle caps or gum wrappers, never fear. There is a luxury eco-friendly handbag option, with as much focus on aesthetics as ethics–and, as an added bonus, as much tech as crunch.
The Solar Handbag is the brainchild of Diffus Design, in conjunction with Swiss embroidery specialist Forster Rohner and Alexandra institute. Together, these designers have overcome the traditional power limitations of many solar bags by increasing the surface area of the bag and miniaturizing high powered thin film solar cells, cleverly disguised as sequins.
Ecouterre reports that the Diffus solar handbag contains a total of 100 such mini solar panels, enough to power up your cell phone even on cloudy days. As an added bonus, those solar panels also power fiber optics inside the bag, which light up when you open it up at night, helping you to locate your keys, wallet, etc.
Diffus clearly sees this bag as way to bring the solar bag concept and its attendant tech out of the outdoor/leisure category and into a more upscale urban context–i.e., off the backpack and onto the high-end handbag.