This is GM and a local citizen going above and beyond for the benefit of those least able.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 12, 2012
Thank you Veronika Scott for creating the best coat money cannot buy.
A GM release describes how leftover sound absorbing material from production Malibu’s and Verano’s are being used to create a waterproof coats that transform into a sleeping bag for the homeless.
The coats are a vision of Veronika Scott, a Detroit humanitarian whose Empowerment Plan is working with GM for the source material.
Scott initially designed the coat to sleeping bag to fulfill a classroom requirement while a junior at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Since December 2010, she has employed eight homeless women full time, making 150 coats each month. The coats have been available since February 2011 and are distributed to homeless outreach organizations in Detroit and across the nation.
Her philanthropic exploits do not stop there as Scott also helps her employees find housing and achieve financial independence.
Veronika Scott: “With GM’s help and recommendations, I was able to incorporate a sustainable, durable and practical product that benefits struggling community members.”
The insulating material called Sonozorb 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.
In addition to donating 2,000 yards of the material (enough to make 400 coats), GM has reused the highly oil absorbent material in the Gulf oil spill cleanup.
This coat-making activity is part of GM’s commitment to waste reduction, recycling and reuse. Last year, the company recycled or reused 2.5 million metric tons at its facilities worldwide. That is equivalent to more than 38 million trash bags of garbage not sent to a landfill.
Thank You GM and thank you Veronica. I bet I could use a unique convertible coat like this given my own driving exploits over the years