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These people are saving lives with solar suitcases

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Because saving lives doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

We Care Solar Suitcase

We Care Solar are our new favourite company. They design portable, cost-effective solar suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity.

By equipping off-grid medical clinics with solar power for medical and surgical lighting, cell phones and essential medical devices, We Care Solar facilitates timely and appropriate emergency care, reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care in Africa, Haiti and other regions. Good on them.

The We Care Solar Suitcase was originally designed to support timely and efficient emergency obstetric care, but can be used in a range of medical and humanitarian settings. For clinic installations, the yellow case becomes a cabinet that mounts to the wall, and the panels are secured to the roof.

The basic system comes with 40 or 80 watts of solar panels, and a 14 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery. The maternity kit even comes with a fetal doppler. Not only are they saving lives, but they’re doing it in a sustainable way. Now that’s pretty darn cool if you ask us.


frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /


Images: We Care Solar.

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