Designer: Jeff Zischke
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Solar Soda Lights
Solar soda lights are made from repurposed plastic soda cups and a solar module. Various designs were created that are cut out of the cups creating a modern and green approach to solar lighting. The translucent properties of the plastic illuminates all night long with a 2-3 hour daytime charge.
Millions of plastic soda cups are used and thrown away each day around the world. I wondered if the ubiquitous plastic cups used at fast food places could be transformed and repurposed as solar light fixtures. Would they illuminate well? How could the cups transform into a variety of different shapes? Could they be functional as well as sculptural?
I see the Solar Soda Cups as a novel approach to reusing a mass marketed product. I can imagine creating a campaign with any of the fast food companies that could use the green concept of the solar light and using printing that evokes a green message as well as relates to a new design/new attitude towards the soda cup. A website is being developed that would talk about solar lighting and share design ideas with the wide audience that uses plastic cups.
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