With winter getting harsher by each year, it is impossible not to think about the homeless. Sure, having a warm home to come back to is great. We are constantly surrounded by family, positivity and hope for a better tomorrow. It is perhaps due to this comfort that we tend to forget those less fortunate than us.
Take homeless people for example. While we sit here thinking about what a horrifying lives they may lead in the streets in midst of winter, one man dared to inspire us all. This snow and frost season, a French engineer who believes in doing good for humanity, invented the one thing homeless people lack – a home.
Driven by Europe’s freakishly low temperatures, the designer found a way that will give people living in the streets something to smile about. Today, there are around 3,000 homeless people in France. Because of that, Geoffroy de Reynal, an expert in energy engineering, stepped up to the plate in a wonderful manner.
While working as a quality manager on various construction sites, he put his plan and knowledge into practice and addressed this concern adequately. The designer created a pop-up igloo-alike home, which will serve as a remote home for those who don’t have it. The igloo can be set up anywhere, and is very accommodating for one person. It is made from materials polyethylene foam, and is layered by aluminum foil inside. As the home has two layers, it has a temperature higher than the outside by 15°.
De Reynal gave a name to his invention – the ‘Iglou’. But, wait there’s more! The shelter has a thermal insulation inside which elevates the inner body temperature by 200C. On top of it all, it also has mini solar lighting, which adds more in privacy and managing the light.
Aside from being struck by winter, France is also a very turbulent land at the moment. With protesters in the streets, this invention is also a safe house for the homeless. If damaged, the tent can be repaired and is also waterproof and recyclable. What a design, right?
The creator initially tested about nine of these Iglous across Bordeaux, France. The French was also helped by the French NGO, Médecins du Monde, in terms of numbers. The Iglou turned out to be quite the success in Bordeaux, and suddenly, every homeless person wanted one as well.
Working with a clear mission in mind and relying on his social problem-solving skills, Geoffroy de Reynal has proven that humanity still exists. What is more, with this creation, he proved that good and affordable ideas are never ignored by the public. Hopefully, this story will serve us as a motivation. A will to do better, and give back to our communities. And if you cannot help everyone, helping even a single person will matter just as much.