New Sleeping Bag Design Could Save Lives

As a design student in Detroit, 21-year old Veronika Scott was keenly aware of the increasing numbers of homeless people suffering deeply during the relentless winters. At the tender age of 21, she created The Detroit Empowerment Plan not to solve homelessness, but to provide much-needed warmth to the city’s 20,000 street dwellers.

From Scott’s blog:

This is my story about the humanitarian project called The Empowerment Plan. Meet the re-designed coat: Element S. It is self-heated, waterproof, and transforms into a sleeping bag at night. It is made by a group of homeless women who are paid minimum wage, fed and housed while creating these coats made for those living on the streets. The focus is on the humanitarian system to create jobs for those that desire them and coats for those that need them at no cost. The goal is to empower, employ, educate, and instill pride. The importance is not with the product but with the people.


5 thoughts

      1. Yes, Them, The Homeless, Kids who have to wait for buses in Detroit in order to get to school or work …

        They may not be stylish, but I bet if One doesn’t have a good coat, they would accept it after about a week at one of the City bus stops… It was hard waiting for a bus in the winter when I was a Kid, and they actually ran decently then, especially the major lines…Now, there’s no such thing as a Major line…Just a thought… I figure this would help two-fold…The Ones who have chosen to Occupy for the long haul, or the Ones out there by circumstance, not choice, could have some protection from the elements. The Women who are creating the Sleeping Blankets can generate some cash for both themselves and for materials to make more. Win-win…

  1. Folks who want to support the OCCUPY MOVEMENT, but can’t stop their lives to do it, could do it this way… *Shrugs…again, just a thought…

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