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Upcycling for a good cause
Street Sleeper gets donations of advertising billboards that would otherwise be discarded. "It's (billboards) made from a PVC. It's extremely strong, it's waterproof, it's weatherproof, it just so happened to be a really good fit."
Brain works with a small team to manufacture, market and distribute the sleeping bags, and the company employs homeless people to work on the business. The company relies on donations of $10.55 for each bag, via their website, and they are given out to those who need them for free.
Weighing just over four pounds, the bags are designed with a pillow slip to put clothes in and a hood to shield the head in bad weather. They also fold up to make a carrier bag which can easily transport one's belongings.
The bags are distributed through feeding centers and volunteers who are encouraged to connect and speak to the people they give the sleeping bags to, and find out more about them.
Last winter alone, Brain said Street Sleeper distributed 3,000 bags and the company says it hopes to supply another 3,000 in the next year.