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Bringing Recycled Liters of Light Into Shanty Shacks

More than 10,000 Liters of Light have been installed in the Philippines inside residents dark shanty shacks.

They can be installed in less than an hour. A hole is cut on the corrugated iron roofing.

They pour water and four teaspoons of bleach in a one liter plastic bottle and it’s inserted and sealed.

The bleach prevents algae and allows the bottles to provide light for up to 5 years.

This provides up to 60 watts of clear light for free to the people. Now they don’t have to turn on their lights as much.

And the savings can be used to them to eat better.

In July 2011 more than 200 volunteers got together to help install thousands of these.

In the last three months since July more than 10,000 have bee installed in Manila, Philippines.

The idea was inspired by similar projects in Brazil, the Middle East and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ilac Diaz, the entrepreneur behind the project, aims to improve lives with simple green technologies.

Before Liters of Light

Shanty Shack Before Liters of Light

After Liters of Light

Shanty Shack After Liters of Light


Watch this video to see how it’s being used in Brazil right now.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/12/philippines-light-idUSL3E7IC03C20110712 , video in Manila

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Bill
    July 29, 2011, 10:14 am

    Wow, talk about solar lighting! Nice find Alex.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Thanks Bill!

  • Brian
    August 7, 2011, 2:28 pm

    Hah! Awesome! The quality of light is much better in those homes; I feel it could be applied to containers as well.

  • August 7, 2011, 11:36 pm

    I could picture them being used on containers too Brian!

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