It starts with a pile of used potato chip bags and ends with desperately needed sleeping bags to help Detroit’s homeless face the brutal winter. Environmental activist Eradajere Oleita told CNN’s David Blank how she works her magic.
The process is simple: collect bags, cut them open, iron them and then line with plastic. The idea came from an online video of a woman in England who fashioned sleeping bags from empty snack pouches.
Oleita, 25, started collecting chip bags a few months ago and set up a website to gather more. She points out how the bags’ foil lining reflects body heat. They’re durable, waterproof and extremely lightweight. It takes about 150 of them to make a single sleeping bag. Oleita wants to make 60 bags by early February.
“I want people to think about these things and for our products to come full circle. I have never been shy of humanitarian work because firstly I am … a human.”
A human making a difference, one discarded chip bag at a time.