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Energy-Storing Recycled Rucksacks

These Solar Backpacks Help South African Students Do Homework

— November 14, 2014 — Eco
These solar backpacks provide light for students in South Africa to study by once the sun goes down. Repurpose school bags have built-in solar panels that provide a renewable energy source that help kids in remote areas.

Especially in poor, rural areas, the walk to school can be arduously long, preventing many children from being able to bring their books and school bags back and forth. These 100% recycled rucksacks are made from old plastic bags, making the all-purpose solar backpacks very sturdy. A small solar panel on top captures the sun's energy while the youth walk to school, and stores enough power to provide a small lamp with light for 12 hours so students can complete their homework later.
Trend Themes
1. Solar-powered Backpacks - Opportunity: Develop a line of solar-powered backpacks for various purposes such as outdoor adventures or emergency preparedness.
2. Renewable Energy in Education - Opportunity: Integrate renewable energy solutions, such as solar panels, into educational settings to promote sustainability and teach students about clean energy sources.
3. Sustainable Product Design - Opportunity: Explore innovative ways to design products using recycled and eco-friendly materials, reducing waste and environmental impact.
Industry Implications
1. Education - Opportunity: Incorporate renewable energy solutions, like solar backpacks, into school systems to enhance access to education in remote areas.
2. Outdoor Gear - Opportunity: Develop eco-friendly and solar-powered backpacks for outdoor enthusiasts, providing a sustainable and versatile gear option for adventurers.
3. Sustainability Consulting - Opportunity: Offer consulting services to help businesses design and implement sustainable product strategies, focusing on the use of recycled materials and renewable energy sources.
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