When I first stumbled upon Noon Solar bags at the Museum of Arts and Design exhibit Beyond Green in 2006, these innovative solar accessories were in the early stages of development—in need of a little refinement and perhaps some venture capital. Fast-forward two years and Noon Solar has become a stellar brand with bags befitting Fifth Avenue and downtown alike.
Apart from the ability to charge your phone or Apple accessory simply by walking in the sun, Noon Solar bags come with the added pedigree of sustainable production. All bags are manufactured from biodegradable materials (with the exception of the solar panels and hardware which can be reused or recycled) and natural dyes, using techniques that often date back hundreds of years.
Later this month, the company will be releasing their Spring/Summer collection, which is comprised of the Sawyer messenger, the Oakley beach bag, the Cortland tote, and the Logan satchel (not pictured). If the sell-through of last fall's inaugural collection is any indication of popularity, Noon Solar is just getting warmed up.