That's right, they're giving away their first 500 lights. And it's not a competition either. They don't put your name in a hat or make you sit through a timeshare lecture.
They will, however, pay pretty close attention to who you are. If you're a blogger, work with FEMA or humanitarian organizations, or (and I quote) are "in charge of the US Senate’s oversight committee on incredibly large sums of money for foreign aid and really huge contracts for small businesses" then your chances go up pretty quickly.
These lights, you see, aren't generally meant for home use. A solar flashlight, in general, seems kinda oxymoronic. But there are tens of millions of people who have no electricity in this world. Either because of extreme poverty or because of a crisis. Those people are forced to burn kerosene or, worse, wood for light.
Bringing a solar lamp into a situation like that not only improves the quality of life for those people, it has the potential to reduce pollution and deforestation as well.
Which is why I love them. And it's why SunLight solar flashlights will be "buy one give one" products. People who want one in the developed world will be, in effect, forced to pay for two. One of the lights gets delivered to your house, and one gets delivered to someone who doesn't have an electric light source at all.
Ahh, the perks of being a blogger.
written by johnny king, April 25, 2013
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