Light, Health, Cleanliness: The Remarkable Two Liter Bottle

pepsiMillions of two liter bottles are used in developing countries each year. Once the soft drink is consumed, there are still plenty of innovative uses for the sturdy container. Here are a few good ideas:

1) Light

A water-filled 2-liter bottle can replace a 50 watt light bulb. Used across Asia and South America. Awesome! http://bit.ly/bAPUpt

2) Water purification

A billion people drink highly polluted water. Treating water by putting it in 2 liter cola bottles and setting it in the sun on a black surface for 5 hours kills 99% of pathogens. One of the world’s truly great ideas. See http://www.sodis.ch

3) Water filtering

Biome Solutions describes how to make a functioning water filter out of a two liter bottle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXfVVAJJ1II

4) Hand-washing

A device fashioned from a two-liter bottle provides hand-washing for developing countries. A New York Times “best of 2008” selection. http://bit.ly/5EYH7w

5) Transportation

The rRaft builds functioning boats from ~1000 recycled two liter bottles. http://rraft.blogspot.com/

Wow – and certainly just a subset of the possibilities!

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