Helping the environment could be as simple as solar-charging your phone

The Window Solar Charger is a cheaper and less obtrusive way to go green

Helping the environment could be as simple as solar-charging your phone

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Krystal Persaud, 30, created the Window Solar Charger for people who are in the beginner stages of going zero waste.

Many of the results pointed to solar energy.  From August to October last year, Persaud started sketching out her vision of a semi-transparent solar-powered product.

But it doesn’t display your family photos — the object is a project of Persaud’s called the Window Solar Charger.

"While the emissions saved by charging a phone with solar power may be small, it’s exciting to see new opportunities that allow people to play an active role in reducing their carbon footprints," said Amy Turner, executive director at the NYC Climate Action Alliance, a coalition dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As its name implies, the Window Solar Charger is a thin cluster of black solar panels suspended in a transparent plastic sheet and framed in bamboo.

This spring, prior to the Kickstarter launch, Persaud was able to see her vision of a transparent solar device at the New York Hall of Science with an immense cat-shaped solar panel.

The Window Solar Charger, which costs $149, is meant as a cost-effective alternative to rolling out roof solar panels, which can run you thousands of dollars.

Persaud sees her solar-powered charger as an opportunity for people who are in the beginning stages of going zero waste.

Persaud, who previously worked at the DIY- and education-focused startup littleBits, is putting up her charger on Kickstarter to raise money for her new company, Grouphug.

The Window Solar Charger is a bridge between sustainability and technology.

The Window Solar Charger is part of a broader push for sustainability.

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