The 60 Watt Coke Bottle

Here is a simply brilliant (pun intended) idea that uses recycled plastic bottles to provide home lighting in third world countries. A single bottle installed in the roof can provide the light equivalent to a 60 watt bulb, free for up to 5 years!

Fast Company has a piece highlighting the development of this idea at MIT as part of their “appropriate technologies” initiative. And here is a link to a video that shows how this idea has begun to be adopted in the Philippines where as many as 10,000 of these bulbs are already shining.

Brightens my day just thinking about it!


About Richard Shear

designer, husband, teacher, blogger, father, athlete, author, historian Richard has over 25 years of brand identity and package design experience, with a wide range of clients such as Ahold, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pernod Ricard and Procter & Gamble. He began his career working with the legendary advertising art director, and AIGA Medalist, George Lois and the British design manager Clive Chajet. In his next design management position at Lippincott & Margulies, he worked with Walter Margulies learning the complex skills of global corporate identity. He then became Creative Director and Partner at Peterson & Blyth, one of the premier brand identity and package design firms of the time. He is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Branding Program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He publishes the blog The Package Unseen, and has been a guest lecturer at colleges including FIT, Trinity College and Tyler School of Art. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Richard is a Board member of the AIGA MetroNorth Chapter, past President of AIGA‘s Brand Design Association, President of the Package Design Council and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of USA Cycling and US Rowing, a nationally ranked masters bicycle racer, and a member of The Saugatuck Rowing Club, the 2010 Masters Club National Champion.
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One Response to The 60 Watt Coke Bottle

  1. JADA B says:

    This is amazing

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