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15 Below

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Product Design / Health & Medical / 2008

The 15 Below jacket is a high-concept, low-cost immediate solution to help the homeless survive extreme winter conditions. Stuffed with newsprint, it can be worn as a winter coat; stuffing removed, it becomes a raincoat. When not being worn, it folds into a backpack and can be used as a pillow. The 15 Below jacket was successfully tested in an industrial meat locker for eight hours and 15 minutes at -18°C, with the temperature dropping to -30°C for the last 45 minutes. It is distributed to homeless people across Canada during extreme cold weather alerts to help them survive the night.

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