“To tell you the truth, the bottle is really significant in the way of thinking that we’re willing to use any recycled material to be able to solve the problem.”
Illac Diaz is the Executive Director of Liter of Light, a non-governmental organization that advocates for sustainable energy while providing their own lighting solutions to communities to combat energy poverty.
“One of the things that we saw is a lot of plastic bottles in that area. Therefore we decided to use that commonly available material there,” he says. “To tell you the truth, the bottle is really significant as that we’re willing to use any recycled material to be able to solve the problem.”
The first lighting solutions made was the simple method of plastic bottles filled with water and bleach which illuminates when hit by the sun. Soon after, Illac and his team found ways to bring solar panels to communities to extend their lighting solutions to street lights and lamps.
Illac was inspired by the business model of Habitat for Humanity, wherein he involves corporations and a variety of people in community building that’s sustainable for the the villages they visit. Their lighting solutions are also open sourced as materials used are common and affordable.
Peace Boat is a non-governmental organization founded in Japan. Advocates from around the world join in the journey to share their knowledge and open discussions. Seminars, workshops, and humanitarian aid are provided by those involved in its voyage. Liter of Light will be providing workshops to show communities how they can build their own lighting solutions. This year is Peace Boat’s 100th journey.
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