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Plastic Bottles Transform Lives of the Poor in Philippines - A Liter of Light project (Solar Bottle Bulb)

Shanty town homes in Manila are often built so close to each other that they have no windows or natural light. With electricity unaffordable or unavailable for many slum-inhabitants, many families often have to work, do chores, and eat in near darkness.

Now a simple innovation called the "Solar Bottle Bulb" is popping out of roofs and illuminating the lives of many.

"Solar Bottle Bulb" was inspired by engineer Amy Smith, from the D-Lab MIT. Illac Diaz, of non-profit My Shelter Foundation, brought the simple, cheap and innovative technology to the Philippines through his project, "A Liter of Light."

Fixed into holes in a corrugated iron roof, the "bulb" is a recycled plastic bottle that contains bleached water. Bringing more light than a traditional window that can crack or leak during typhoon season, the bottle bulbs refract the sun's rays to create 55-watts worth of light.

[ source: CNN ]

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