Transcript for Duo comes up with vision to address discarded plastic water bottles in Flint
Finally tonight, made in America. From Boston to Madison, Michigan, where tonight, an idea that has us seeing clearly. It was a made in America idea that came during the height of the Flint water crisis. So many families and volunteers helping to get water to the families. The question then, and still today, what to do about the water? And now, another question -- what to do about all of the plastic. We went to meet a young woman from Detroit inside a lab at parsons school of design. You know you're in the design school. Where inside this classroom -- hey, guys. Alli Roseman and jack burns, once students here together with an idea that might help many see clearer. So, this is your made in America idea. Yeah. Reporter: Glasses and sunglasses made with that plastic. Some of the money would go right back to Flint. The two of you were in this lab that we're standing in years ago. Four years ago, yeah. Reporter: And you're back, trying to make change. So, you went home to Flint to help them with this and you were thinking, what are they going to do with all this plastic? Yeah. Reporter: She saw the empty plastic water bottles. Now, she's putting people to work. Reporter: So, creating jobs and helping people see? Yeah. Yeah. Reporter: That kind of works out. The bottles are collected and turned into these pellets. These molded into lenses. Each prescription checked, then the lenses cut, the frames assembled. Through their kickstarter, they hope to raise enough for 17 new hires. And what does this mean to Flint? Oh, it means the world. It means a lot, that we're going to be able to know that we're doing our little part to help, you know, Flint and to help the people. Reporter: Marty Calhoun sewing the polishing cloth used for each pair of classes. That we're able to take the water bottles that are just trash, to have them processed into new materials, is so amazing to me. Reporter: They came up with the design by trying them out first on their friends. So, your friends were your -- Yeah. Reporter: Lab rats. Test subjects, for sure. Reporter: They come in two colors. And where did they get the snake? It's named after -- The school that I went to in Michigan. Reporter: The brand name, Jen see, the county Flint is in. What are people saying to you about this effort? Yeah, people are loving it. Jobs are a key issue in what we're trying to develop here. And then, also, a lot of people are just asking how they can help. Reporter: Helping with three words in mind. Made in America! Made in America, great idea. And ally rose and jack's kickstarter campaign on our Facebook page right after the news. ????????????
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