Stylish Solar Bag Wins Top Design Award

Finding new, practical ways to integrate renewable energy technologies into our daily lives is key to creating a sustainable future. While wind turbines and rooftop solar panels are a great way to reduce fossil fuel emissions, these technologies are too big to accompany us (and our gadgets) throughout our busy days.

That’s why so many fashion and accessory designers are looking for ways to integrate clean energy harvesting capabilities into their latest product lines. They realize people on the go need a reliable source of power that will compliment their high-tech gadgets without detracting from their outfit. A new bag from Gopro! Creative Marketing GmbH and Uni-Solar recently won a 2012 Red Dot Award for doing just that.

 So-fi M Azzurro bag

image via So-Fi

The so-fi M Azzurro messenger bag is the perfect size for a laptop, tablet, as well as books and magazines. The bag, which is made from high-density nylon, features flexible, waterproof, crushproof solar panels integrated right into the outer flap. The charger, hidden inside the bag, can power smart phones, tablet PCs, MP3 players, digital cameras, portable navigation devices and more via its USB port. To keep you organized, the bag offers two pockets inside plus an outside pocket with snap closure, and  outside pocket with zipper.

The great thing about the so-fi M Azzurro messenger bag is that you don’t have to worry about forgetting your external solar charger, as all the technology is built right into the bag. This enables mobile professionals, busy moms, and college kids to simply grab and go, without fear that they might run out of power during the course of the day. It’s available for €155 Euros (around $200) from www.so-fi.com.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • Ryan Brown

      That is a pretty cool bag design, most people do not screen print over solar cells but you can.

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