Fire-proof Sleeping Bag for Homeless People Invented by a Teenager


The increasing number of homeless people have inspired Emily Duffy (15), a student from Desmond College, to develop a project that she presented at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS, Dublin, where some of the brightest ideas of young people are shown. The project consists in a lightweight sleeping bag that includes various safety features and is suitable for different conditions, a replacement for cloth bags that are so impractical and difficult to keep dry. Her invention, also known as ‘Duffily Bags’, is waterproof and fire retardant, with Velcro straps instead of the traditional zippers.



“I wanted to develop a sleeping bag that would solve some of the problems with existing cloth bags,” stated Emily. She came up with this idea when she lived for one day on the streets of Dublin as a strategy to raise awareness and money for a charity that helps homeless people.
In order to be sure of its safety, Emily conducted tests on herself and saw that it does in fact keep warmth, besides being waterproof.

This bags are now being produced by people who were previously homeless, at the Mendicity Institution where they earn $10 an hour.
“It is lightweight and designed to last,” she added about her invention. “It will last many years and much longer than a conventional sleeping bag.”
For better visibility at night, Emily added reflective stripes and Velcro openings so that the person who uses it could get out quickly if in any danger.
If modified a little bit, this bag can also be used for conventional camping in rainy places and hard weather conditions.

5 Responses to “Fire-proof Sleeping Bag for Homeless People Invented by a Teenager”

  1. Jeff Wolf says:

    Where can someone purchase several of these to hand out to those that need them? Also to what temperature are they good for?

  2. Harvey says:

    Does it breathe, or does it trap body moisture inside the bag?

  3. Ronnie Rowland says:

    I’m in the states,where can I purchase or order one and has she considered making a fire proof cover that you can just put any sleeping bag into, I’m a bushcraft/ camper and we tend to sleep next to an open fire, i looking to purchase a fire proof sleeping bag or atleast a universal fire proof she’ll for the bag I have, NOTHING is available, this is how I ran across this info about this young lady , however a pull over fire proof she’ll would need to be extra roomy as not to compress the down fill which would turn a -30°C bag into a +10°C, ruff estimate but you get the point.

  4. IEC 61482 says:

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives. Best IEC 61482 from here.

  5. Pauli Mahlamäki says:

    Hello. I am intrested about that idea.
    Can you advice me how can I order it?

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