IKEA and Little Sun team up to design sustainable, off-grid tools

June 13, 2018 by  
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Little Sun , a social business from artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, creates products to put “the power of the sun in the palm of your hand” — think portable solar lamps and solar chargers . Now, the company is teaming up with furniture giant IKEA to raise awareness for people living without electricity  by creating a series of sustainable, off-grid tools for everyday living. We are teaming up with social business Little Sun to explore new off-the-grid solutions to make everyday life more sustainable for the many people. Read more on www.IKEA.today #IKEAtoday A post shared by IKEA Today (@ikeatoday) on Jun 7, 2018 at 8:35am PDT IKEA x Little Sun will explore new ways to capture the sun’s power through design . The collaboration wants to create portable solar lighting and other off-grid solutions for IKEA customers as the two companies raise awareness for more than one billion people who lack access to electricity. “By democratizing great things, we can give many people access to products that make everyday life better, supporting and encouraging independent living,” said IKEA Range and Supply head of design Marcus Engman. “If we can create good, democratic design solutions, then living off the grid can become sustainable, low-cost and provide independence.” Related: Olafur Eliasson unveils his first building, a sculptural stunner in Denmark Both companies said the new tools will be functional and beautiful and will serve as an introduction to renewable energy . “Little Sun makes solar energy tangible and your world a little bit more sustainable,” Eliasson said in a press release . “We are excited to collaborate with IKEA, raising awareness for energy access and the need for global togetherness. Together, we want to connect the world by sharing the power of the sun with everyone.” Little Sun says it has brought solar power to more than 10 African countries, and as of December 2017, it has distributed 661,578 Little Suns around the world — and over 377,637 lamps have gone to places lacking electricity. Little Sun said it would also like to explore solutions in off-grid communications and water in addition to energy. + IKEA x Little Sun + Little Sun + IKEA Images via ©Studio Olafur Eliasson, ©Tomas Gislason and ©Little Sun

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LuminAID: A Solar-Rechargeable Flat-Pack Emergency Lantern

November 11, 2011 by  
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In the event of a natural disaster it’s not unlikely that the power would go out. While in some areas energy can quickly be restored, in others, the long wait in the dark can become uncomfortable. Enter the LuminAID , a solar-rechargeable, inflatable lamp that packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. Safe, sustainable and portable, the LuminAID provides six hours of continuos LED light. The designers of the lamp recently launched the “Give Light, Get Light” campaign on IndieGoGo , where supporters can pre-buy LuminAIDs for personal use, donate lights to community projects, or give the gift of light to rural schools, homes, and individuals in need. + LuminAID The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: disaster relief lighting , eco lighting , emergency lamps , emergency lighting , green lighting , LED lamps , luminAID , luminAID lamp , solar lamps , solar-powered lamps

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