solar fashion

"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

HOLD EVERYTHING Certainly Solgaard, himself an avid backpacker, has found his niche. With more than a month left on its Kickstarter campaign, the Lifepack has already achieved its…

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ThermalTech Launches Line of Solar-Powered "Smart" Jackets

ThermalTech’s cozy jackets suck up power from the sun to keep you toasty this winter. Sleek and comfortable, the innovative jacket uses smart fabric technology, rather than bulky…

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Coming Soon: Clothes That Convert Solar Energy Into Heat

Photo by Shutterstock A new material developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used for self-warming clothing that hones heat from the sun. Made…

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Innovations of 2015 (Vote for the Coolest!)

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Pauline van Dongen's Solar Parka Thrives Among Nature's Elements

SOLAR PARKA The jacket incorporates a single thin, flexible, and waterproof solar panel on one of its front pockets. Manufactured by AltaDevices, the photovoltaic cells generate enough…

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"Technopicnic" is a Solar-Powered Backpack for Picnicking in the City

Photos by DiegoENE It’d be nice to go take for a picnic in a wildflower-filled meadow with only the birds to listen to, but most people don’t have easy access to that much…

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Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

SOLAR FASHION But cellphones aren’t the only things the Solar Shirt can keep humming. Van Dongen’s garment can also juice up MP3 players, cameras, Global Positioning System…

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Project Solaire's Solar-Powered Backpacks Charge Gadgets on the Go

Most smartphone users have probably experienced the frustration of a dead battery. Now Project Solaire have designed a backpack that incorporates a solar panel into the fabric to keep…

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Repurpose's Solar-Powered Schoolbags Do More Than Carry Stuff

CARRY ON Another upside of using plastic? The bags are waterproof. (“There’s nothing worse than wet books,” notes the duo.) And since aesthetics played a huge role from…

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

Tommy Hilfiger is testing the wearables market with their new solar powered field jacket. In both a men’s and women’s fit, the jacket generates energy on the go with its…

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Solar Power Goes Couture With Pauline van Dongen's Avant-Garde Wearables

POWER SUITS Van Dongen says her designs mimic human skin cells, which show a similar layering. Some of the modules contain up to 48 flexible solar cells, enough to restore a typical…

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Top 7 Eco-Fashion Milestones of 2012 (Vote for Most Game-Changing!)

Feeling nostalgic? Skip back a year for seven of the most ground-breaking eco-fashion stories of 2011… …

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Flexible Fiber-Optic Solar Cell Paves Way for Energy-Generating Fabrics

Photo by Shutterstock An international team of scientists have developed the world’s first fiber-optic solar cell. Thinner than the width of a human hair and scalable to many…

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Exotic Solar's "PowerCloth" Turns Clothing Into Energy Generators

Ready to give the sun a reason to sweat for a change? Strap on Exotic Solar’s “PowerCloth 1G,” an innovative new textile that turns everyday clothing into wearable…

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Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's Stylist, Plans Solar-Powered Fashion Line

Nicola Formichetti isn’t a stranger to flash or dash. He’s the man, after all, who dressed Lady Gaga in a dress made of meat and hired Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest…

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Stila's Solar-Powered Compact Illuminates Inside and Out

Need to do a quick face check in a dimly light car or restaurant? Stila’s solar-powered compact features an illuminated mirror that makes touchups on the go a cinch. Made from…

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Tube-Shape Photovoltaic Cells Could Result in Solar-Powered Clothing

Let’s be honest, solar-powered clothing is rarely easy on the eyes. Nor does it tend to be discreet. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Xiamen University,…

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Solar-Powered Soldiers to Revolutionize Australian Combat

The 21st century soldier bears a heavy burden, literally. With 100 to 150 pounds of weaponry, tactical gear, communication devices, and military rations—and that’s just for…

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