The Philippines is not spared from having areas that do not have the luxury of electricity but through a piece of plastic bottle, the initiative is certainly something that may help uplift the lives of people suffering from that lacking need.
By turning plastic bottles into solar lamps, a new kind of lighting solution that will help light up homes will certainly be a welcome breakthrough while at the same time bringing all those plastic bottle was back to good use.
The whole thing was started by the Isang Litrong Liwanag of 1 Liter of Light. It was all started by a student named Illac Diaz some years ago, which has become an inspiration to which the goal has now ballooned to a goal of creating 1,000,000 bottled lights for the Filipinos in need of light.
Using an idea originally conceived by Alfredo Moser, a band of resourceful students from MIT working with My Shelter Foundation found that they could mimic a light bulb by filling recycled one liter plastic bottles with just two common substances – water and bleach. The lamps can then be installed into a home’s roof in just an hour by cutting a small hole, plugging the bottles in and then sealing it off.
The students found that despite not being connected to any type of electricity, the plastic and water can defract natural light and push it to every corner of a small house. Just one liter of the water and bleach mixture in a plastic bottle can give off the same amount of light as a standard incandescent 60 watt light bulb! The bleach keeps the water free of germs and one solar lamp can keeping working for as long as five years.