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Project donates coats to Detroit homeless. Guess what recycled material they're made of:

Project donates coats to Detroit homeless. Guess what recycled material they're made of:

Written by Melissa Hincha-Ownby, Mother Nature Network When General Motors has leftover sound-absorbing materials from the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano, it doesn’t just recycle the material. Instead, GM donates the material to Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan . Photo: John F. Martin, General Motors Scott then turns the material into self-heated waterproof coats that can be converted into sleeping bags. These coats are then distributed to homeless individuals in Detroit and other cities. Scott came up with the idea to make weatherproof coats when she was a student at the College for Creative Studios in Detroit. After designing the product, she hired homeless women to make the coats for distribution. Since December 2010, Scott has hired eight full-time employees that make 150 coats per month. One of Scott’s biggest challenges with the program is a challenge that a...

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