26 Jan '15, 5pm

Solar panelled school bags illuminate life after dark @OfficialRethaka #FutureOfLight #IYL2015 htt…

schoolbags are more than a way for students to schlep books. Designed with underprivileged South African schoolchildren in mind, the backpacks feature a rechargeable solar panel that transforms into a "homework lantern" after sundown. Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane of Rethaka , the Rustenburg-based firm behind the carryalls, believe that children should focus on their sums, rather than the cost of purchasing kerosene and candles. Crafted from 100 percent recycled plastic shoppers , the bags cost the environment very little, as well. "We remove complexity and embrace necessity by recycling plastic shopping bags into a textile," Kgatlhanye and Ngwane write on their website. "We believe our plastic textile is a practical solution to the

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ecouterre.com 14 Jan '15, 8pm

The bags are fitted with retro-reflective material which improves the bag’s visibility to help ensure child safety. On the...

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renewableenergyworld.com 27 Jan '15, 1pm

The Hindu, January 19, 2015 quotes India’s Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal: “India [is] committed to its … target o...