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Imagine what it would be like to live without electricity. If you wanted to do anything after sundown, such as cook, work or read, you would need a portable lantern like a kerosene lamp. The reality for the 1.6 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity is that they need to rely on kerosene lamps, which are not only air-polluting, bad for respiratory health and create fire hazards, but also are extremely expensive to fuel. The ingeniously adorable Solarpuff solar lantern hopes to change that by providing a portable, safe, healthy and free nighttime light source to the billions of people around the globe who need it.

Solarpuff has just launched a Kickstarter campaign which could help change the world. Help them kickstart this initiative by buying one! They’re awesome for folks in the developed world too—they make a great portable lamp for camping, emergencies, going off grid, or just illuminating your nights with something beautiful.


New to the Kickstarter scene, the SolarPuff is an ingenious origami lantern with the power to revolutionize our world. The portable, solar-powered light delivers instant illumination where there is no electricity, coming to the rescue in emergency situations and serving as an economical off-grid lighting solution for the developing world. A staggering 1.6 billion people around the world lack access to electricity, many of whom use kerosene for lighting, which leads to fires and poor indoor air quality. The SolarPuff co-founders want to shift this reliance on dirty fuels to light the homes of people living off the grid with a cleaner, greener alternative. Read on to find out how you can help this important product reach its crowdfunding goal!

The ingenious creation was originally developed in the Columbia University Architecture Lab by Solight co-founder Alice Min Soo Chun after a aiding an earthquake emergency relief in Haiti. The ‘light bulb’ went on when Alice realized that a more sustainable lighting solution for disaster relief was needed. The SolarPuff’s modern flat packed design created “a critical distinction for transforming poverty into dignity.”

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At just 2.5 ounces, this cute little lantern is designed with a sustainable and high-performance fabric made especially for durability, flexibility, adaptability and recyclability. The SolarPuff is able to float, with water resistant capabilities to withstand complete underwater immersion. It will produce light for an equal amount of time that it takes to charge in the sun. Its utility is so immense not only for the developing world and disaster zones, but for anyone traveling, camping, hiking, or needing a flashlight. Clearly, everyone in the world could benefit from owning a SolarPuff. You can get one for yourself and support this fledging companies growth by purchasing one on their Kickstarter right now!

The SolarPuff Kickstarter campaign has just 29 days to reach its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 and they need your help. Visit their Kickstarter page to back the project and help save the world one lantern at a time, and get a little treat for yourself in the process. Win win!

Kickstart this Solarpuff!

+ SolarPuff on Kickstarter