Plastic Bottle Lights: A Solar Revolution One Bottle At A Time

Friday, 26 April 2013
Earth Day

Plastic Bottle Lights: A Solar Revolution One Bottle At A Time

This fantastic building is built from discarded plastic bottles and powered entirely by solar energy. The Solar Revolution Pavilion in Manila, Philippines, is a six-metre high structure built from plastic vegetable crates and reused plastic bottles. The 200 square metre building was designed in partnership with Stephen Lamb of the green design firm Touching the Earth Lightly.

Solar Revolution Pavilion - photo by Sunshine Lichauco de Leon

SOLAR REVOLUTION PAVILION, MANILA. PHOTO: SUNSHINE LICHAUCO DE LEON

And how cute is the plastic crate seating and the discarded bottle garland? The Philippines boasts some fantastically innovative projects in terms of reused materials – getting people to look at what’s commonly regarded as waste and give it a second, sustainable life.

The Solar Revolution Pavilion in Manilla, Philippines

PHOTO: SUNSHINE LICHAUCO DE LEON

Look no further than the Liter of Light project. Using a technology developed by MIT students, these reused bottle bulbs refract sunlight and provide 55 watts of light each! Over 70,000 people in Manila alone benefit from this technology right now, and the goal is to get these plastic bottle lights to all 20 million people in the country still living without electricity.

The next initiative is to introduce a “Night Light” version of the bulbs, created by adding LEDs and batteries to the bottles. Read more about it at Liter Of Light at MyShelter Foundation’s website. More on the founding of MyShelter and plastic bottle lights (and more eco-genius ideas) here.

sources: GMA News The Guardian Inhabitat MyShelter Foundation