General Motors began its initiative to recycle plastic water bottles from the Renaissance Center and various manufacturing facilities with a goal to repurpose the plastic for its own business needs. However, the program has quickly morphed into much more.
GM began turning the throwaway plastic into various components for its vehicles including, engine cover insulation, air filters and now fleece coats for those in need.
The video above details the entire operation GM has founded to become a more efficient manufacturer and also to help the local community at large by creating fleece coats. And the coats themselves have made a huge impact.
The fleece for coats is shipped to The Empowerment Plan, an organization that hires from local homeless shelters and supports those in need. Not only do the coats find deserving use (they also turn into sleeping bags) but the entire operation allows for those in need to find a job and transition back into the workforce after four to six weeks.
The water bottle recycling initiative is one of many operations GM undertakes, but you can grab a closer look at this operation in the video right up above.