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The Little Solar Flashlight that Makes a Big Difference

Thrive Solar flashlights are a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable product. They're replacing kerosene in villages all over the world.
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I have a soft spot for environmental products that are not only ecologically responsible, but socially responsible too. So I was delighted when I received the awesome little THRIVE Solar flashlight in the mail.

THRIVE Solar flashlights not only run on solar power, but they are manufactured in India, Kenya and Ghana in a solar-powered factories, where the hand-made lights create living wage jobs for many people.

And if that weren’t cool enough, every online purchase of a THRIVE Solar flashlight helps sustain a socially-responsible business that supports job creation in the developing world, and sustains the One Child-One Light charity that donates lights to families who live where electricity is not available.


This is the first batch of THRIVE Solar Lanterns being exchanged between the Indian and Nepal armies at the Pokhara post in central Nepal. The Indian army collaborated with THRIVE's HQ in Hyderabad, India, to deliver the 10,000 solar lights to Nepal.
This is the first batch of THRIVE Solar Lanterns being exchanged between the Indian and Nepal armies at the Pokhara post in central Nepal. The Indian army collaborated with THRIVE Solar in Hyderabad, India, to deliver the 10,000 solar lights to Nepal.


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The Thrive Solar One Child-One Light Program

Millions of school children living in developing nations have no access to clean and safe lighting that can help them study after dark. India alone has over 90 million children dependent on kerosene or oil lamps for studying at night.

These lamps are accident-prone, give very low light, and emit smoke, soot and toxic fumes which are hazardous to their health. Many children who use kerosene lamps are afflicted with eye and respiratory problems.

The One Child One Light program (OCOL) is an initiative of THRIVE Solar to support every child’s right to education by providing a safe, clean and low cost solar LED study light. These lights help kids to have extended study hours in a bright and pollution-free environment, and they also help in preventing burn accidents.

So far, more than 1 million school children are using THRIVE Solar LED study lights under the OCOL initiative. This has helped conserve about 10 million gallons of kerosene from being burned, preventing tons of carbon and other toxic emissions from polluting the air.

You can sponsor a solar LED study light for a child by visiting the OCOL program, or you can contribute through the purchase of a THRIVE Solar LED flashlight for yourself on Amazon.

Here’s a 1-minute video about the OCOL program:

The World’s Most Inexpensive High-Quality Solar LED Light

solar_light_image_for_power_bank_PD DoneThe THRIVE Solar light is arguably the best LED light on the market for the price.

It has no light bulb, and instead uses an award-winning, ultra-bright LED light chip, so it never needs changing. After one day’s charge under the sun, you can count on 5 hours of light in its brightest mode, or 8 hours under its normal mode.

And, wow, this light is far brighter than any of my regular bulb-and-battery flashlights! I love it!

The flashlight needs no batteries, and harnesses its power entirely from the sun. The built-in 0.5 watt solar panel makes solar charging easy. All you need to do is lay it down to soak in the sun to charge.

Don’t worry about the rain—it’s water-resistant.

Unlike battery-operated flashlights, you don’t need to worry about your batteries going dead during storage. It’ll only need the sun when you are ready to use it. This makes it especially useful in an emergency.

The THRIVE Solar light is also small and portable. Weighing just 3 ounces, it can fit in toolbox, backpack, or emergency kit very easily.

It stands on its own, can be handheld, strapped to your backpack, or hung from above. The ABS plastic body makes it lighter than most battery-operated flashlights, and the back panel is made from recycled plastics.

And to top it all off, it has a 12-month warranty.

How does it get better than that?

Here’s a three-minute video about the light:

You Can Shine a Little Light

There are 2.3 billion people outside of the U.S. who have no access to reliable electricity. This represents a huge opportunity for people who are more privileged (like you and me) to make a difference in a very simple way.

Most of us Americans know that the choices we make in what we buy can influence businesses to choose sustainable practices and respect human rights, and create new economic opportunities for workers in developing countries.

That’s why THRIVE Solar flashlights are such a great investment in sustainability: They meet the “triple bottom line” as a socially, environmentally and economically responsible product. THRIVE Solar is manufacturing products that are in need all over the world, and they’re doing it right.

I must say I love my little solar flashlight. It has replaced the battery-powered flashlights that we keep ready for camp-outs, black-outs and “bug-outs” (in case of earthquake or wildfire).

They are so affordable, I even have an extra one in the shed for when I need something in there after dark, and one in the car in case I need to change a tire at night.

Knowing that I not only have a safe and sustainable light when I need it, but that I’m also helping to save kids and the environment from nasty kerosene toxins, makes the THRIVE Solar light a joy to own.

I think everyone should have at least one of these awesome solar lights for your own camping trips, emergency kits, and household use, too.

But don’t buy this flashlight just because it will help poor families without electricity; buy it because it will be incredibly useful to you.

Get the THRIVE Solar Flashlight here

About the author

Dawn Gifford

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.

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