Portable Lights: Sustainability from the Sun

A growing scarcity of natural resources is prompting social enterprises, environmentally conscious consumers and humanitarians to ask how they can help reduce the effects of environmental degradation by tapping into the sustainability of the sun. Purchasing eco-friendly products for your emergency preparedness initiatives, disaster relief programs or global development project is a great start.

Promoting sustainability by providing the world with clean, green products and initiating best practices is something The Level Markets is passionate about. More than 1.2 billion people around the world cannot access energy. Providing people living off-the-grid with a robust source of power can help improve school grades, increase income-generating capacities, and reduce carbon emissions.

Likewise, providing people post-crisis or disaster with portable light creates a sense of freedom, safety and mobility. These alternative means of illuminating the lives of people living in energy poverty are pushing the change for productivity and sustainability throughout the developing world and at home.

Portable Lights Leading the Way

Efficient LED lights and lightweight solar panels are the dynamic duo for a low-carbon environment.  In the last 10 years, solar panels have gotten small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and LEDs can burn bright for hundreds of hours. With this emerging technology and an increasing range in capabilities, these solar lights are lighting the way for people around the world. 


Waka Waka Power+

This light is a beast, PERIOD. Pocket sized, heat resistant, multifaceted, and solar powered; this light does it all from charging phones to sending out an SOS signal. The Waka Waka Power+ takes 10 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. It has 4 LED light settings, and running on the lowest setting, the Power+ is capable of lasting 150 hours on a full charge. This is perfect for disaster relief, whether lighting the way for a rescue mission or attempting to send out a distress signal with the SOS beacon.

From a developmental perspective, this light offers a triple threat. It can be positioned from a hanging location, like a hook on a wall or branch in a tree, while also being put on a bottle top for versatility, or even free standing if it just needs to charge.

With these lights and many others that Waka Waka boasts, the growing start-up from the Netherlands hopes to rid the developing world of expensive and unsafe kerosene lamps, improve school grades for kids who have to study into the night, and increase income-generating capacity for those who carry the household financial burden. For single unit orders or to sample a product, click image below or here. For bulk orders, click here. 

This is sustainability.  

Sun King by Green Planet

Greenlight Planet is built around a diverse team of engineers. To date, they’ve logged 18 million users, installed almost 10 million watts of rooftop solar, and boast an impressive 884,521 metric tons of CO2 offset. These accomplishments go hand in hand with their home solar unit. Easy set-up, with light switches and USB charging capabilities. This light system is perfect for a small home or tent. It sports three wide-angled lights, is water resistant, and carries up to 24 hours of run time on a day’s charge. Having a light that can be set up as a home unit, while still maintaining the capacity to be moved from one place to the next makes it a versatile asset for both disaster relief and human development. For single unit orders or to sample a product, click image below or here. For bulk orders, click here. 


Celebrating its tenth year of lighting the way, D.LIGHT is focusing on providing bombproof solar products off-grid users. This growing Californian social enterprise is dedicated to helping make the world a brighter place. The S500 is made for tough environments – sporting a rugged design.The USB-enabled lantern comes with mobile phone battery chargers­­­—just connect the solar panel, charge it in the sun, and plug in your mobile device. The unique, angled lens of the d.light S500 reflects light at a wide angle, allowing it to light up an entire room.

D.LIGHT  also has a clear vision where all people are empowered to enjoy the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable off-grid light and power.  For single unit orders or to sample a product, click image below or here. For bulk orders, click here. 

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