Bright Ideas

Ingenuity can go a long way in meeting people’s essential needs with the simplest of materials.

The recipe: Start with students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), add basic materials destined for dumps and landfills around the world, mix with filtered water and bleach, install, expose to sunlight. And voilà!–a light that will last for 10 years!

The Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

The MyShelter Foundation is helping people in Manila’s poorest districts with grassroots programs for zero-energy lighting, as well as rammed earth, bamboo, and PET plastic bottle construction. 

The simple technologies are spreading through communities and across borders into  neighboring countries as well as migrating to other underprivileged areas around the world.

Simple materials; common goals; traveling at the speed of light. Definitely a bright idea!

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