This guy came up with a really interesting use for old soda bottles; indoor lighting during the day time. He feels them with bleach and water (though in another video about this awhile ago I don’t think they used bleach, which would make the thing easier to dispose of later if necessary), and then sticks them in holes in the ceiling. It’s surprisingly effective and can light up a whole room.
What I find interesting about this whole concept, though, is one of my first thoughts (and others) was “that’s really cool, how can we make it work during the night?”. Perhaps this “one solution for multiple problems” is a current trend in society that is making sustainability more difficult. Rather than doing multiple tasks with multiple individual items, we see it as “more efficient” to create one product that can do it all, however complex that product may be. Maybe if we tried to break apart solutions into individual components, rather than continuing the kitchen sink approach, those individual products can be made more durable, simpler, and easier to recycle – or perhaps in our process we can find what we really *need* as opposed to what we *want*. What do you guys think? Do you have any other examples of “kitchen sink” approaches that perhaps could be served better, or even make people appreciate the tools they use more, by separating one product into multiples?