Day by day we hear of how plastic bottles can be utilised after they’ve fulfilled their basic function. Normally, plastic bottles are equipped for storing liquids, but after the bottle is empty, the only limit to how they can be reused is how creative you are!
As the recycling and reuse of unnecessary plastic especially plastic bags and plastic bottles is highly important from an environmental perspective, extraordinary ideas and solutions for reusing plastic are always in the spotlight.
One such idea is a very special ‘DIY’ way to create light in dark places. Only four basic things are needed: a plastic bottle, water, a few drops of bleach to keep the water clear and the most important item: a solar light source.
The plastic bottles can be placed in a roof – half inside, half outside – and the lower portion of the bottle refracts light. These solar bottle lights can create approximately the same light as a 5060 Watt light bulb, but without the need for electricity.
Pack the sun in plastic bottles
The idea of plastic bottle solar light bulbs is the result of frequent blackouts in Brazil. A Brazilian mechanic invented the device initially as a way of creating light in his workshop. Since then, solar bottle bulbs have become a viral sensation and have been implemented mainly in underdeveloped countries and regions of South America and Africa, where the number of hours of sunshine is relatively high, but the population largely lives in slums. These poor areas typically do not have a reliable electricity supply and the manmade shanty houses are dark even during daylight hours.
Plastic bottle solar bulbs are not only good for indoor lighting, but can also be used in darkhookalleys and covered areas. As a result of solar bottle bulbs, crime levels can be reduced, thanks to better visibility creating safer places. Others use plastic bottle solar bulbs to grow plants under roofs, where the hot sun cannot burn and damage the plants.
The advantages of plastic bottle solar bulbs include sustainability and safety; compared with candles or faulty electrical connections, they do not pose a fire hazard. They are also cheap, simple and environment friendly. Plastic bottle bulbs can last for up to five years.
Today, a foundation called MyShelter helps to spread the plastic bottle bulb innovation in regions where people are most in need of lowcost electricity. Thanks to the thousands of millions of used and unused plastic bottles, thousands of millions of homes can be illuminated with this clever solution.
This wonderful idea shows that empty plastic bottles can be used in a variety of ways instead of simply being thrown away. If you’re looking for packaging for your product or just would like to try your hand at making a plastic bottle solar light device, visit our web shop, where thousands of types, colors and sizes of plastic bottles are available.
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