Bas Timmer is a 29-year old fashion designer from the Netherlands who created the Sheltersuit, a warm, water and windproof jacket for homeless people. The Sheltersuit also doubles as a sleeping bag, and can be easily carried around. Timmer is now in America to convince the fashion industry to donate to homeless people, as Mashable details:
For the past three weeks, Timmer has been in America in an effort to expand his organization (called Sheltersuit Foundation in the Netherlands) here. He wants the fashion industry to take notice and intentionally handed out suits in New York City to homeless people during New York's Fashion Week from Feb. 6 to 13. Timmer hopes this will push clothing companies to donate their materials waste to Sheltersuit and other like-minded organizations, given that about 30 percent of clothes are never sold and end up in landfills.
Since Sheltersuit started in 2014, companies have been donating Timmer materials, like sleeping bags and tent fabrics that would have been thrown away because of production mistakes like a misplaced logo. Some companies reached out to Sheltersuit after seeing the organization in the media. The suit is made entirely out of these upcycled materials, from the belts that act as the backpack's straps to the large hood that can block out glaring lights homeless people often have to contend with while sleeping on the street.
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