ReUse Bottles – Make Lights High electricity prices mean people in some of the poorest parts of the world are simply unable to afford electricity.
However, as we have seen time and again here on Green Eco Services, out of adversity comes personal triumph, positive thinking and eco-friendly solutions to solve all manner of problems.
One such problem blighting some households and businesses without windows in shanty towns is being unable to turn the lights on during the day due to the cost of electricity. Fortunately, one ingenuous concept has recently surfaced that could just be the answer. What’s more, it’s simple, straightforward and sustainable.
The idea is to reuse and recycle old plastic bottles that in turn can be transformed into a solar bottle light bulb by filling it with a dash of bleach and some water and then installing it into a rooftop. That’s three items readily available to most people and is thought to provide around 55 watts of light from the sun.
A Brazilian mechanic by the name of Alfredo Moser first discovered what difference a disused bottle filled with bleach and water could make to his quality of life. Moser cut holes in the roof of his workshop and plugged them with the water light bulbs, which contained water, photographic film and chloride. The water turns cloudy and the process of refraction of the rays of the sun takes place.
The only downside with Moser’s invention is that it can only be used during the day, but it has still had a positive on people in countries such as the Philippines. And now one organization, MyShelter Foundation, is aiming to use this idea to help to brighten up one million homes in the Philippines by 2012.
More details on their ‘A Litre of Light’ venture can be found here.