When a country rapidly develops and boosts it’s economy, the environment is the first to suffer. The dilemma is how to help developing countries improve their quality if life without sacrificing more of the Earth’s limited natural resources. One such solution is to utilize green technology in inventive ways that will be sustainable and profitable at the same time.
In Laos, a country that has many internationally protected UNESCO sites, an opportunity exists to improve their economy in a sustainable way. By using solar fibers woven with sustainable recycled fabrics, the people of Laos can market solar harvesting curtains that are decorative and functional light sources. This is exclusive export will boost their economy and also be sustainable.
When chemical cells are combined, they act as solar energy absorbers. These cells are then wrapped in very thin silicone resulting in thin hair like strands. Using this technology combined with the sustainable practice of recycling old fabrics such as cotton and polyester, the people of Laos can imprint their own ethnic flair onto decorative curtains to be exported and sold around the world. Simple brown recycled cardboard paper packaging is accented by bright colored belly bands with ethnic patterning.