We are happy to introduce you to the latest member of our Wearable Solar family: the Solar Parka. This new design has been made in collaboration with the Wadden Sea Society and Blueloop, and is made to give shelter, comfort and off-grid renewable energy to what we call ‘Wad Walkers’. At low tide the Wadden Sea Society organizes guided tours on the bottom of the sea, introducing people to the vegetation and animal life of the area.
It’s these outdoor wearers who make the Solar Parka stand out in its function. The design thrives when surrounded by nature’s elements. The Solar Parka integrates one waterproof, thin and flexible solar panel, buttoned on one of the front pockets of the coat. When in full sun, the solar panel generates enough energy to fully charge a smartphone battery within two hours, keeping all ‘Wad Walkers’ connected while touring the unique area. The design has been made of unique yarns fabricated from recycled denim to keep the wearer warm. Our partner ‘Blue LOOP originals’ develops this sustainable fabric and with their flagship technique succeeds to give worn-out jeans a second life.
In the beginning of September Vlieland, one of the 5 Dutch islands, hosts a music and culture festival, ‘Into The Great Wide Open’. During the festival the Solar Parka’s will be presented and 3 of the limited series of prototypes will be auctioned. The profit will be used to further develop solar garments and to protect the World Heritage Wadden Sea. People can bid until 16 October via www.waddenvereniging.nl/veiling. The parkas are unisex and one size only.
Photography: Jan Willem Bullée