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GM Scrap Material Insulates Coats for Homeless

GM logoGeneral Motors has donated an additional 2,000 yards of scrap vehicle sound-absorption material to a nonprofit that uses the material to insulate coats that transform into sleeping bags for the homeless.

GM’s donation keeps materials out of landfills and will help insulate about 400 coats, according to the automaker’s blog. The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based organization, makes the coats and distributes them in states including Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New York and Oregon.

A year ago, GM donated an initial 2,000 yards of sound absorbing material from Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano to the nonprofit.

In addition to donating it to the coat project, GM has reused the highly oil absorbent material in its manufacturing plants and in the 2010 BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico. GM spearheaded a project to recover used oil-soaked booms, converting them into a production year’s worth of Chevrolet Volts. The effort prevented 212,500 pounds of waste from entering US landfills, GM says.

GM currently has 106 landfill-free facilities worldwide that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all of their daily waste. This includes 45 in North America, 33 in Asia and 22 in Europe. The company has committed to achieving 125 landfill-free facilities by 2020.

GM has also published a downloadable blueprint, The Business Case for Zero Waste, intended to help businesses of all sizes and industries reduce waste and create efficiencies.

In addition to the company’s waste and recycling efforts, in May, GM was the first automaker to sign the Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to address climate change as an economic opportunity.

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