Money is the most asked for relief supply following natural disasters. Aid groups say that transporting and distributing donated items can be heavy and expensive. Sometimes they can also be useless. After Hurricane Sandy, a local fire department was left to figure out what to do with vacuums, vases, pots, pans, opened cases of bottled water, and used clothing piled seven feet high donated by well-intentioned people.
Cold hard cash, on the other hand, can allow organizations to buy specific, much-needed things that are not already being donated.
Interclo says that donated clothing can be “culturally inappropriate, climatically unsuitable, and difficult to sort and distribute”. Sixty percent ends up being unused. To mitigate the problem, the company has created a multifaceted survival jacket. It serves as a jacket, shawl, mat, sleeping bag, and tent able to withstand wind and water.
It is lightweight and can be air dropped to any location. The company sees this as an item that can be used by all survivors of natural disasters or people who want protection against unpredictable weather.
Interclo, which has designed the jacket by listening to disaster survivors and relief workers, is a small team led by Nabeela Ahsan, who has a background in fashion design. According to its website, Interclo is about to launch its first crowdfunding campaign for the product.
Social Enterprise Buzz has received a response from the Interclo team, who tell us, “We are launching our first crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks and will give backers the chance to both own a product and give a product; we will use these funds to field test the product.”
The Interclo team has also informed us that the fifth function should be a blanket, not a tent as was described on their website.
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