Solight Design

An invention to bring 1.6 billion out of the dark

Problem

Shocking discoveries

When Dr Alice Chun's son was born with asthma she started to research reasons why. She soon discovered some shocking statistics: 1 in 4 children in New York suffer from asthma, which is 40% higher than in the rest of the US. The generation of electric power through fossil fuels produces more pollution than any other single industry in the United States.

Whilst it's easy to take electric power for granted in the Western world, there are still 1.6 million people without access to electricity, the majority of whom use kerosene lanterns to light up their nights. Kerosene is a toxic fossil fuel that cases such terrible air pollution that it kills 2 million children each year and is the cause of countless house fires. It's also hugely expensive, with people in extreme poverty spending up to 30% of their income on kerosene.

Alice was determined to find a new way to harvest energy that wouldn't harm people and the planet.

Solution

Let there be light

With a background in design, material culture and architecture, Alice invented the SolarPuff; a light-weight (less that 75 grams), inflatable, but crucially, affordable solar-powered lamp.

Alice designs with aesthetics in mind whilst making sure to use materials that are truly sustainable. Made from recyclable materials, the design is inspired by origami so that it can pack flat (to just 6mm thick), travel easily and pop up into a soft, durable cube. The lamps can withstand wind, rain, salt water as well as chlorinated pool water and are even designed to float. Not only is it highly practical, but also beautiful.

One hour of charge in the sunlight provides an hour of light in the dark. So a full day charging will last all night.

Impact

Power to the off-grid people

Dr Chun's invention provides an immediate, clean and sustainable lighting solution.

The light and durable nature of SolarPuffs make them the perfect aid to communities suffering from natural and manmade disasters. Solight Design have made it their mission to provide light to those that need it most, using 10% of their sales to deliver SolarPuffs to those in need around the world. So far they have supplied lights to survivors of the Nepal and Haiti earthquakes and most recently to Syrian refugee camps.

Take your SolarPuff camping or to the beach; light a path in the garden or decorate your balcony and help to provide light to those that need it most.

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