September 20th, 2012
09:30 PM ET

Car parts line coats for homeless

General Motors (GM) is re-purposing scraps of sound absorbing material from its Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano sedans in to self-heated and waterproof coats that doubles as a sleeping bags for the homeless.

The idea came from a 22-year-old humanitarian and founder of the Empowerment Plan, Veronika Scott, and she is OutFront tonight.


GM Scrap Vehicle Material Insulates Coats for Homeless


DETROIT – Leftover sound absorbing material from production of Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano sedans is being used by the homeless to create their own self-heated, waterproof coats that transform into sleeping bags.

The weather protection gear is the vision of Veronika Scott, a Detroit humanitarian whose Empowerment Plan is working with General Motors for the source material.

"Among other challenges – from design to project funding – the insulation is the largest expense in the coats' production," said Scott. "With GM's help and recommendations, I was able to think about materials in a different way and incorporate a sustainable, durable and practical product from GDC, Inc. that benefits struggling community members."

Sonozorb™, the insulating material, is manufactured in different shapes to fit within door cavities and vehicle compartments for sound absorption. Automotive supplier GDC makes the coat insulation material exclusively from the leftover scrap, reprocessing it for reuse.

GM donated 2,000 yards of material, enough to make 400 coats.

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  1. Caliber

    Its good to help the homeless people. The scraps of the car parts can be useful, its very amazing to hear. Now the poor homeless people will get a sleeper bag which will be helpful to them and the temperature of it adjusts automatically and is also waterproof. There are several organizations who work for homeless people. So from now onwards we should not throw our damaged car parts to garbage instead we should donate it to these organizations as this can provide sleeper beds to them.

    March 24, 2014 at 8:23 am | Reply
  2. Donnetta Rowsell

    A sleeping bag's temperature rating identifies the lowest temperature at which a bag is intended to keep the average sleeper warm. When a bag is described as a "20 degree bag," it means that most users should remain comfortable if the air temperature drops no lower than 20°F. These ratings assume that the sleeper is wearing a layer of long underwear and using a sleeping pad under the bag.`'..-

    See ya soon

    July 4, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
  3. leelovellvogt

    There are homeless support organizations here in Vegas who have asked me how I can buy a few of these coats. We will bring them to homeless who live underground and ask them to test them and tell us how well they work. We will record our efforts on video. Please help. I have no idea how to obtain these coats. Peace, LV

    September 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply

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