The Mylar Blanket Warm Home Initiative
MYLAR BLANKET PROJECT - FINAL REPORT - APRIL 16 2019
Across Canada, many houses on the reserves are in poor condition, have too little insulation to protect them in the winter and, are not suitable for the average person to live in.
It is not uncommon for people to sleep in their winter clothing to keep warm. This issue has not improved. On reserves, 1 in 5 homes are in need of repair.
CBC reported that in 2011, 41.5 per cent of homes on reserves need major repairs, compared with seven per cent in non-aboriginal households outside reserves.
Initially developed by NASA in 1964, Mylar is an especially low-weight, low-bulk material made of heat-reflective thin plastic sheeting. The blanket reflects 97% of radiated heat. Mylar emergency blankets have tremendous heat reflective properties which will enable many homes to better utilize the heat generated by their wood stoves and heating systems. Additionally the Mylar can be sewn between blankets to maximize heat output in bedding. They can be tucked inside boots, coats, hats, etc. Their light-weight and versatile nature will bring long lasting benefit to many people with low cost purchasing and shipping handled by The Art For Aid Project.
- they are waterproof and windproof
- the design reduces the heat loss in a person's body
- the airtight foil reduces convection
- they are light weight and inexpensive to ship along with the boxes of art supplies that are sent to remote schools.
- they are versatile and can be used on the walls, windows and inside blankets and clothing to increase heat reflection and warmth when needed.
- they fold up to a small package taking up very little room when not needed.
The congregation of St. Paul's Church in Richmond Ontario invited The Art For Aid Project to introduce the idea of supporting remote communities at their Sunday gathering. They connected strongly to the Mylar blanket project as a way of helping to support communities that were in great need.
Through their efforts, The Art For Aid Project will be able to purchase many Mylar blankets. These blankets will then be sent to communities to support them through the winter months.
The end goal of this initiative is improve living conditions in remote communities in the winter months.