Profile: Illac Diaz Brings Clean, Cheap Light into Filipino Homes

BY Fred de Sam Lazaro  October 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM EDT


Photo of Illac Diaz by Fred de Sam Lazaro/PBS NewsHour

Filipino Illac Diaz began a project called Liter of Light to do two things in his home country: provide light to those who need it and recycle otherwise useless trash.

The project uses empty one liter soft drink bottles in numerous ways, most commonly filling them with water and a little bleach and fitting these into the tin-roofs across the slums of Manila and other places. The refraction brings light into these very dark dwellings, accomplishing electricity savings and re-using tons of plastic that would otherwise go to landfills or worse.

I spoke with him recently about his work:

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