A Litre of Light Can Go a Long Way

Posted by Kayo Homma-Komori & filed under Art & Design, Technology.

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How many times have we heard that renewable energy is the way of the future? Sure, we understand that we cannot rely on non-renewable resources for much longer. However, while we have made incredible advances in technology, this renewable energy comes at a higher cost, meaning the disadvantaged communities of the world who need it the most can’t afford it.

The MyShelter Foundation, established by Illac Diaz, is paving the way for sustainable, socially responsible design projects. In Manila and its surrounding slums, Diaz has found a way to capitalize on a plentiful resource (sunshine!) and use it to improve the lives of citizens.

A Litre of Light is a campaign that aims to bring the solar bottle light, developed by students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to the dark shantytowns of Manila. The solar bottle light is a simple creation: a plastic bottle filled with water and bleach, which is inserted into a tight-fitting hole in the roof. While the bleach works to keep algae from building up, the water works to refract the sunshine 360 degrees, lighting a room with up to 55 watts. Not only does this technology bring light to these impoverished communities, it also re-uses plastic water bottles (the recycling woe of the earth) at the same time! Ingenious.

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If you’re interested in donating and volunteering to the project, or simply interested in finding out more, check out their website at isanglitrongliwanag.org.

Now, what I’m waiting for next is another ingenious creation to light those disadvantaged communities who DON’T have sunshine 10 months out of the year. Thoughts?

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