Do it Yourself

People all around the world are finding amazing creative solutions to their problems. It is time to give them credit.

Those every day inventors are going to be the stars of the new Makeshift Magazine.Makeshift Magazine is a new print and online publication that’s combing the world to find creativity in unexpected places.”

They are right now collecting funds to turn Makeshift into reality using Kickstarter. We already get a first idea of the stories which will be covered in the first issue. One of them is Isand Litrong Liwanag (which in English means One Liter of Light). The project goes as following: it “collects soda bottles, fills them with purified water, and seals them into rooftop holes. The result is passive solar lighting equivalent to a 50 Watt bulb,” explains Makeshift.

Another amazing story from the upcoming magazine comes from Guatemala: “Mayapedal founder Carlos Marroquin builds bicimaquinas, or bicycle-powered machines, out of scrap parts. His creations harness human pedal power for a range of tasks, including water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, and blenders.”

I think it is important to see how innovation and creativity is what we ned to make this world a better place. Makeshift put it nicely when saying: “For some, creativity is a matter of survival as much as it is about making something innovative and beautiful.” I am a fan of the Makeshift Magazine already and of all the people it reports about. Find more amazing stories on their homepage.

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