The Noon Solar company was started by two Chicago-based women in 2002. They began using recycled vinyls, but they soon realized that using naturally-tanned, vegetable-dyed leathers better fit their desire to reduce the reliance on petrochemical-based products. They make a line of bags with this leather and hand-dyed hemp canvas that incorporate solar panels to keep your small gadgets charged. A 3 oz rechargeable battery inside the bag takes about 6-8 hours to charge; only sunlight will work to charge. The solar panel’s output is 7.2 volts, 300 mA-400mA. The Logan Bag (shown) is 12″ X 14″ X 4″ – big enough to hold all your gear and even a netbook. It has a shoulder strap and a grab handle outside and organization pockets inside. It’s available in black or brown. You can purchase the Logan for $482 at the Evolve online shop.
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