Alice Min Soo and Stacy Kelly

Solight Design’s SolarPuff is a small lantern with a huge impact.

It was the earthquake which hit Haiti in 2010 that inspired product designers Alice Min Soo Chun and Stacy Kelly (co-founders of New York-based Solight Design) to invent the Solarpuff — a foldable lantern inspired by the principles of origami. It is designed with sustainable and high-performance recyclable polyethylene terephthalate fabric which is specifically engineered for durability, flexibility and water resistance. The product is also structured for adaptability and recyclability. The circuit contains a photovoltaic solar panel, 10 bright white LEDS and a lithium-ion polymer battery. It boasts 100 lumens and can fully charge in eight hours and facilitate 8-12 hours of light. The lantern folds flat and weighs just 2.3 ounces and therefore can be easily carried around in a purse or bag. Solarpuff is an ideal replacement for kerosene lamps which contribute to global warming and create unhealthy indoor air conditions. It can also be an off-grid light solution for the 1.6 billion people around the world who don’t have access to electricity.

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