Every year, there are about 200 billion plastic bottles being thrown away. This may seem like a fictitious number, but it’s actually the truth.
What makes matters worse is that these plastic bottles don’t degrade.
Have you ever thought about doing something with these empty plastic bottles to make them useful?
In Philippines, there are thousands of people who live in houses that are built so close to one another making it hard for them to have windows or any source of natural light.
Without any source of light or electricity, families would be forced to work inside their houses in the dark. Whether it’s doing house chores or eating, they’ll be doing it in the dark.
A group of MIT students and Alfred Moser decided to do something amazing. With a little tweaking, the billions of empty plastic bottles that are being thrown away can be used to bring light to those who live without electricity.
Each empty bottle is filled with water and a bleach tablet dropped inside. The bottle is then installed through a hole that is made in the roof. During the day, the bleachy water refracts and spreads sunlight all over the house, thereby acting as a light bulb.
And that’s how the Liter of Light movement began.
Now get this… with the help of Alfred Moser, a group of MIT students, and MANY plastic bottles, about 28,000 homes and the lives of 70,000 in Metro Manila are now brighter.
The use of solar light bulbs has also been very popular in India, Indonesia, and even Switzerland.
There is one goal, and that is to install one million of these solar light bulbs throughout the whole world by the year 2015.
If you’re interested in helping Liter of Light achieve this goal, here is their website.