Homeless people are perhaps the saddest consequence of striking social inequality, even in richer countries. In Detroit alone, more than 18,000 people are homeless – a social circumstance gets more complicated during the cold winter months. To address the issue, design student Veronika Scott has developed a clever multifunctional piece: Element S (urvival). The Product is an inexpensive, high insulated winter jacket that quickly and easily turns into a sleeping bag.
Veronika spent $ 2,000 from her own pocket to build several prototypes, developed after extensive field research through months of conversations with Detroit homeless people to identify their basic needs. The conversations themselves were undoubtedly an additional source of warmth for down sleeping bags reviewed by SleepingBagsExpo.
As Veronika hoped, the coats are made of low-cost materials enough to start offering them for free to the homeless. After a meeting with Veronika, Mark Valade, CEO of Carhartt, donated a series of sewing machines and other materials. So she partnered with a local homeless support center, the Cass Community, which promised to shelter and feed the people who work in the making of jackets, in addition to paying the minimum wage. Veronika’s idea to give comfort and warmth to the hom.