When I was at the IKEA catalog preview the other day, one of the things that caught my eye was this Sunnan Solar Lamp. Available for an affordable $19.99, this brightly-colored lamp has no cord since it is entirely solar powered. The battery in the base easily pops in and out. Leave it in the sun for a few hours and you'll be rewarded with enough free electricity to power the LED bulb for four hours.
While the lamp is really cute and would make a great addition to a child's study space, the thing that I found particularly cool about this product is that for every one of these lamps sold in stores, IKEA is working with UNICEF to provide a similar lamp to a child who doesn't have the luxury of electricity. The first shipments of this lamp will go to children in Pakistan, where natural disasters and unrest have left thousands in refugee camps and remote villages without power. This lamp will help those children study, draw, read and write after dark. This lamp is just a part of IKEA's social initiative, though. Since 2003, IKEA has donated one euro for every one of their soft toys sold to projects run by UNICEF and Save the Children. That adds up to more than 16,7 million euros.
Did you know about IKEA's social initiative? Does it make you more likely to buy their products?
photo courtesy of IKEA