Recycling: Light from a soda bottle

Wow, what a great way to recycle soda bottles!  These bottles admit clear light to a dark home using only sunshine and purified water (with a little bleach added to discourage algae growth).

The lighting device can be installed in less than 1 hour, improving standards of living in poor, densely populated areas, where safe lighting is an issue.

I love what Filipino “eco-entrepreneur” Illiac Diaz is doing.

He founded My Shelter Foundation and works with Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) “a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide.

Originally designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities”.

Here is a video article about the project, from Reuters.

There is also an informative article by Jaymee T. Gamil of the Philippine Daily Inquirer posted on the Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) website.

We could use a lot more people like Illac Diaz in this world.

Related: Link to PBS Newshour profile and video segment on Illac Diaz here for the Agents of Change series.