How Liter of Light use recycled plastic bottles to light poor communities VIDEO
Liter of Light have found a way to bring green technology to some of the poorest communities around the world. As a result, old plastic bottles have now been used to light up more than 850,000 homes globally. They aim to reach one million in 2018.
Through the LOL project, My Shelter Foundation state that they aim to take “sustainable building solutions to the grassroots level—the people who are in most need of low-cost infrastructures.”
In this video see how they turn old, used plastic bottles into lights which can help illuminate homes and villages around the clock. Rather than seen as rubbish, the waste product is now being viewed as a cheap and sustainable way to light homes.
The community start by making bottle day-lights. Used drinks bottles are filled with water and bleach. They are then fixed to roofs, reflecting light in the daytime.
The second step is to build solar night-lights. A micro solar panel is added into the plastic bottle. All parts used are locally available to the community.
The bottle bulbs are sold and installed for around $1 per piece. Using these lights, families can reportedly save around $6 a month and the home-made products are reported to be safer than candles and electric lighting, which is often not properly installed and can have dangerous wiring.
Liter of Light have also taught green skills to empower grassroots entrepreneurs at every stop. Liter of Light’s open source technology has been recognized by the UN and adopted for use in some UNHCR camps.
The project started in the Philippines in 2012. It has now spread to over 15 countries.