Are Solar Bags the Big Trend in 2009?

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Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of … permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.– Jimmy Carter, former US president


Facing the quote mentioned by former US president Jimmy Carter you’d really have to have your head in the sand not seeing that the climate change is one of the main challenges of mankind in the twenty-first century. Having another US top politician Al Gore as former US vice-president winning an Oscar and the Nobel Price for Peace in 2007 we can clearly see that this topic is coming more and more into the public awareness.

As everyone has the chance to be a part of this huge movement we as fashion sensible people have the possibility to contribute to this initiative utilizing the very stylish men’s and women’s handbags from Noon Solar. This brand was founded by Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks, both having an experience in fibers and textiles. If you take a look at their website, you see six models of solar empowered handbags: Cortland, Willow, Logan, Sawyer, Augusta and Oakley. Having both, models for women (Cortland, Willow, Augusta and Oakley) and men (Logan and Sawyer) we will have a look at the “configuration”, the pros and cons of this trend.

The configuration

All handbags come with some nice equipment for today’s up to date people. They all have a flexible solar panel on the outside of the bag. Flexible meaning that you don’t have to be scared of damaging the solar panel as every handbag gets squeezed from time to time. You also will find an included power bank of rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs inside the bag. Additional you have a wall charger for the power bank when at home, which accompanies the solar panel. Inside the pockets of the bag you will find also an USB phone tip adapter, an USB cable and – very cool for your everyday music needs – an iPod cable making your sounds independent from a stationary power source. What is quite nice is that Noon Solar delivers all bags with an organic cotton shopper that can work as a dust bag as well as for everyday shopping.

The Pros

The first and biggest pro from the authors point of view is of course that you can show your engagement for mother nature and the climate change in simply turning the back of the bag (little pun) towards the sun. Also the before mentioned iPod adapter is a very cool feature because when you are on a longer trip / journey you don’t have to be scared that you will loose power during your trip. Simply plug in in your MP3-player and continue listening to your music / podcasts / whatever. The style of the men’s bags are very dominant utilizing leather and fabrics and are available in several colors, most of them brownish or black / grey color variations, which fits perfectly into the statement you make initially with a solar powered bag. The women’s bags are also available in red (Willow) or a blueish color called Moonlight and beige  (Cortland). All colors available are leather based meaning that it will give your bag a earth-colored look.

The Cons

One of the biggest cons may be the high price. All products from Noon Solar range between 330 USD and 497 USD. These bags are definitely not a seasonal product so you might think of it as an investment using them several years to get the best bang for your bucks. Also the products aim for a casual style. It is hard to imagine using one of these bags with your Chanel costume on a vernissage or something similar. As the solar panels request their space all bags have their size and are therefore quite dominant for a fashion accessory. This has to bear in mind and must accompany your personal style.


Finally it can be said, that those bags definitely make a statement! You can show your participation in the fight against global warming still looking stylish. Although it may be an investment you have to face the author is pretty confident that it will pay back, not only from the savings you get by producing renewable energies (and using it “on the fly”) but also by it’s great casual styles and benefit for carrying a lot of your everyday things (cell phone, iPod, sunglasses etc.).

write by Keisha


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