It’s been shoved far past your hemp hamper, stuffed way beyond even your most hideous stacks of shoes, hidden beneath boxes you’ve practically forgotten even existed. Yes, your solar backpack has been banished to the furthest reaches of your closet. And who could really blame you? Who?! It’s cumbersome! It’s clunky! And it’s the absolute last thing we ladies need when we’re simply trying to charge our cute pink cell phones on our daily walk to work. No, a backpack just won’t do.

But a tote? In steely grey organic hemp/cotton, paired with simply-to-die-for sage lining, and antique brass hardware like the one from Noon Solar? And did we mention the super-thin solar panels that keep this bag fabulously flexible and totally clunk-free? Plus the luxe addition of vegetable dyed leather handles in a gorgeous midnight blue make this bag beautiful enough to display even when you’re not charging it. Not that we like to show off how amazingly stylish we are at any opportune moment. No, we’d never do that.

Story by Alison Sherbach. This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2008