A community service project was organized in December 2011with visiting students from King’s Academy, Jordan, to see the effects of MyShelter Foundation’s Litre of Light (http://isanglitrongliwanag.org) initiative taking place in The Philippines. Could they prove that water and an empty plastic bottle produce daytime lighting equivalent to a 55W electric bulb and could MyShelter Foundation’s lofty goals of lighting over one million homes in 2012 come from such a simple solution?
The Solar Bottle Bulb is as simple as it sounds. It provides an innovative minimal-cost, carbon-free lighting solution made from discarded 1.5 litre plastic bottles which are filled with filtered water and a few drops of bleach and salt. The clear water refracts the sun’s rays, dispersing the light in all directions. The salt slows down evaporation and the bleach prevents mold from growing in the bottle, allowing the mixture to last about two years.
In order to make the water bottles "light up," holes are cut into the roof panels and a bottle is placed so that the lower half protrudes from the ceiling. The bottles are secured with a rubber sealant around the outer edges and filled with the water and bleach mixture. The only other ingredient needed is sunshine!
A fun task that made non-believers into believers, the students were delighted to find the solar light bottle to be a very safe, inexpensive, efficient and sustainable lighting project to provide natural light in dark homes or buildings that have few or no windows or no electricity. As a “green” solution it also promotes reuse and recycling.
As new advocates to the solar bottle bulb VSP is determined to continue spreading this sustainable method of lighting to rural communities throughout Northern Thailand. Let there be light!
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Residing on the tropical grounds of Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, the Visiting Schools Programs (http://vsp.threegeneration.org) emphasizes personal development and hands-on learning aimed at cultivating Global Citizens. We design and lead experiential programs for students from around the world. VSP attracts a range of schools for safe, reliable and exciting programs year round.
Our programs are suitable for all ages, ranging from Early Years students spending a morning on the Three-Generation Farm, to primary students experiencing their first nights away, to secondary students engaging in community service, to university students exploring leadership or issues of sustainability.
We provide a diverse range of trips with themes that include: Adventure, Culture, Sustainability, Team Building, Adventure, Community, Art Focus and Field Work.