Here in the Western world, solar lights are a novelty not a necessity. It’s easy to forget about people living on other places of our small planet that aren’t going green to save the world. They’re simply living hand to mouth doing whatever they can with what they have. Part of being a peace loving tree hugger, in my opinion, is learning to think about how everyone lives on a global scale and doing whatever we can to help.
Often, money is not what is needed. Rather, it’s ingenuity, skills and ideas that are required. That’s what I really love about this simple project — it takes something common (an empty pop bottle) and brings light with little to no cost to anyone, anywhere who needs it.
The idea is simple. Take a dark room and drill a hole in the ceiling. Insert a two liter bottle half full of water with a little bleach in it to kill anything that might tend to grow and murky up the water. Voila, when the sun is up — there’s light. Natural, free, light in a space where there was previously none. The water refracts the light and produces a glow that puts even the eco-friendly LED lightbulbs to shame with it’s energy savings. Definitely check out the video below to get a real feel of what I’m talking about here.