Watch formerly homeless people make jackets that double as sleeping bags


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#2

Having been homeless, this is seriously awesome.


#3

I’m very impressed with the homegrown manufacturing that has been coming out of Detroit recently. Detroit Bikes, Shinola and The Empowerment Plan are doing great things.


#4

I see these being re-marketed as Woodsman survival gear.


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They’d also be useful emergency gear to keep in the car in case of a cold-weather breakdown in remote places.


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For $100, you can sponsor a coat for a nonspecific person or for a specific person through their website.


#7

Capitalism to help the homeless and providing useful stuff? I see some potential here.


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Right now, I think that they want their output to be directed where it’s most needed. In future, though, maybe they could use the OLPC model: Buy one (at $200) for yourself, and you’re also paying for a second one to be donated to the community.

ETA: maybe the people donating the materials wouldn’t be so happy about that plan, though.


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