Haute Label: Noon Solar

Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks, founders of Noon Solar, have backgrounds in fibers and textiles. Their company began as an art project in early spring of 2002 as a response to the impending war in Iraq. They were feeling powerless in the country’s decision making process and felt the US was largely going to war for oil. They came up with a solution to give people not only personal power, but to integrate renewable solar power into daily life.

Noon Solar bags incorporate flexible solar panels to keep cell phones and iPods charged. Place the solar panel in the bag towards the sun to collect usable energy from the UV light. Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials. The founders personally hand dye, with natural substances such as pomegranate and weld, the organic hemp and cotton fabrics that comprise their bags. To create textures and patterns on their bags, the ancient Japanese dying method, Shibori, is used in making each bag unique. (Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it.) Noon Solar bags are made of German leather that is tanned in similar ways to people tanning leather from hundreds of years ago. The leather is heavy metal free, and tanned and dyed with sustainably harvested materials such as rhubarb and walnuts.

“All of our collections at Noon Solar are inspired by the need to rethink the way things are made, and what they are made with.” Stop by NoonSolar.com to view the entire collection.

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