Turning one thing into something else (and finding uses for the allegedly useless) has been a lifelong and instinctive habit. Now it’s called “recycling,” but “hate to see anything go to waste” still works, too. These beautiful solar lights are created using 2-liter plastic bottles, purified water, bleach (to keep the water clear), and film canisters (to protect the bottles’ caps):
It might be difficult to find film canisters in the digital age, but the canisters which hold diabetics’ test strips are plentiful and quite possibly a better fit. The lights require no maintenance, although Alfredo Moser, the Brazilian inventor, suggests changing the water every five years. I gotcher green technology right here. And it’s virtually free!
The barn of my dreams has at least four per stall (these lights are perfect for use with Drojo SIPs, which are easily cut with a hot knife), and a plethora down the center aisle. I look forward to seeing them in various stages of moonlight, as well. Ingenuity is exciting, and these solar lights — each of which is equivalent to a 50-watt or 60-watt bulb and provides natural light — are ingenious.My dream home-slash-studio may be an adobe Drojo (with a hydroponic garden attached to the kitchen [and a central, enclosed courtyard]), but a smaller version of this classroom made of recycled 2-liter plastic bottles is now my dream potting shed.
Building a stand-alone classroom requires approximately 8000 2-liter plastic bottles (2000 would make a great workroom, and 4000 2-liter plastic bottles would be positively decadent). Looks easy enough. A fun DIY project for a beautiful Spring weekend (after a winter spent collecting 2-liter plastic bottles)…