Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Bijoy Basak recently expressed solidarity with EcoVation Bangladesh's '-Lighting Up Lives' campaign.
"Light is a very important element in our life. Many crimes happen in absence of light. As police we will be with EcoVation Bangladesh's this amazing lighting up people's lives project which also helps reduce crimes" says Bijoy. Shanjidul Alam Seban Shaan, a youth from Chittagong city in Bangladesh founded EcoVation Bangladesh (formerly Liter of Light Bangladesh) to innovate solutions that can change peoples' lives. Shanjidul has captured imaginations around the country with his grassroots social enterprise EcoVation, which promotes simple DIY technology to help people living in rural areas with limited or no access to electricity create affordable and sustainable solar light.
The 27-year-old Bangladeshi youth, whose work has been recognized by the United Nations agencies, partnered up with INGOs to equip up Rohingya refugees with green-skills that enable them to make solar products and lit up their lives.
"Government is trying at level best to ensure electricity everywhere, still some big part of the country are out of electricity coverage. We want to ensure light in every corner of Bangladesh free of cost. We are happy that our beloved Dc Bijoy Basak joined our journey" says Shanjidul.
EcoVation Bangladesh is a research & innovation-based social enterprise researching to innovate DIY solutions to some vital problems in our society. 30 million people in Bangladesh have no access to electricity, thus 1.85 million people use toxic kerosene lamps that produce 45000 metric tons of carbon every year, burn 2000 million litre kerosene. Though renewable energy is safe, people cannot afford it for the price. Also, solar-powered products are not widely available in Bangladesh, production is really limited because of not having enough technically skilled people. 800 thousand tons of plastic garbages are produced in Bangladesh, where only 23% are recycled. People are bound to use plastic as there are not many alternatives available. 80% of people in Bangladesh don't have access to clean water, around 800 thousand people die out of waterborne diseases. 80% of females don't use sanitary pads due to the high price which is out of their affordability which is creating a high health risk for those females.
To solve these problems, they designed solar products out of eco-friendly cheap easily available materials. Water bottle lamp, solar bamboo bottle lamp, solar bottle streetlight, all are made out of the plastic bottle, bamboo, solar panel, battery and LED.