Solar Light from Recycled Soda Bottles Changes Lives

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One million homes in the Philippines without electricity are going to get a sweet surprise by 2012, if all goes to plan by MyShelter Foundation. If you watch this short video, which is quite moving and inspiring, you'll see a beautifully clever use for used plastic soda bottles.

Students at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) designed and developed this solar bottle bulb. Turns out, it's also a small shining glimmer of hope for plastic trash as it becomes a channel of light for people who live a life with so little. While we should all be doing what we can to avoid products that come in single-use packaging, like bottled water and soda, however it's beautiful to see used plastic bottles being recycled in a fashion that makes a marked improvement on living conditions that the developed world would take for granted.

Watch this. I think you'll like it.

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