The Melbourne-based philanthropist Tony Clark couldn't continue ignoring the 15,000 people who are forced to brave the cold streets of Australia alone, so his company Swags for Homeless began handing out sleeping bags to those without shelter. Now it's a national craze!
The "Backpack bed" isn't just an ordinary sleeping bag -- it's flame-retardant, comfortable and water resistant. Moreover, the bedroll is windproof, protected from mosquitoes and half the weight of traditional canvas sacks! It should be no surprise that Swags for Homeless was awarded the Red Dot "Best of the Best" prize, which remains among the most important distinctions in the world of product design.
For the time being, the Backpack bed retails for $68 on the official Swags for Homeless website, with a percentage of the revenue being forwarded to help end homelessness. Best of all, the Australian government will be rewarding the philanthropic work of Tony Clark and plans to hand out these sleeping bags at shelters nationwide!
Swags for Homeless Supplies Displaced Residents with Mobile Housing
Omar Yusuf — August 27, 2011 — Social Good
References: swags.org.au & gizmodo