It sounds like the future, but since the summer of 2016 the volunteers of the Waddenvereniging are being provided with a Solar Windbreaker, while giving tours on the mudflats. The Solar Windbreaker is a coat made from recycled denim with integrated solar panels, which can recharge a phone within two hours. The light blue fabric of the jacket is made out of 70% recycled material, which consists of worn-out jeans and old plastic bottles. Sustainability at its best!
In a project powered by the Waddenvereniging, we joined forces with fashion designer Pauline van Dongen – who is specialized in wearable technology – to develop groundbreaking solar garments. In 2015 we created the first recycled denim Solar Parka equipped with solar panels that could charge a smart phone in less than two hours. To support sustainable tourism, we provided the tour guides of the Wadden Sea with the garments to offer them comfort and functionality, while they were on their expedition. Being challenged by their user experience we have taken the project to the next level with our ‘Jacket to the Future’, using flexible solar panels that are integrated directly into the garment. Since the summer of 2016 the volunteers of the Waddenvereniging were being provided with a Solar Windbreaker, while giving tours on the mudflats. The Solar Windbreaker is an improved version of the Solar Parka, wherein the solar panel is tucked away in a side pocket and can be attached to the outside of the front pocket. This innovation is improved by increasing the percentage of recycled material of the fabric of the coat to 70%, which consists of worn-out jeans and old plastic bottles. The three solar panels are directly integrated into the garment by process of lamination. Using the world’s most efficient thin-film and flexible solar panels, provided by Alta devices, the solar energy accumulated in the custom made lightweight charging module can charge a typical phone in two hours – depending on weather conditions. Being a big supporter of sustainable tourism, the Waddenvereniging wants to contribute to a sustainable mudflat environment with the creation of these innovative, wearable solar garments.