Each year, college students and recent graduates submit their creations to the James Dyson Awards to be recognized for achievement in design and engineering. National winners were recently announced and included a cup for Parkinson's sufferers, a smart pill bottle to help fight opioid addiction, and a novel new way to clothe kids.
The latter was designed by Ryan Yasin from London. Yasin has a degree in aeronautical engineering and used the principles he learned during his studies to create a material that grows with kids as they mature. His clothing can help save parents some of the thousands of dollars they spend prividing clothes for their children within the first three years of their lives.
The clothing is made from a waterproof, machine-washable fabric that is specially pleated to unfold as the child grows. Yasin has dubbed his line Petit Pli. So far, he has developed over 500 prototypes and will use his prize money to help his business also expand.
While this one product can't have a gigantic impact on increasing sustainability in the textile and clothing industries, Yasin is determined to make a stand with his company. The material used in the clothing is recyclable and is also aiming to price his products to be able to ethically pay everyone along the supply chain.
Children grow out of their clothing at a much faster rate before they reach their third year. Children's clothing makers and retailers capitalize on this and often charge parents prices similar to what they may pay for their own or older siblings' clothing, but get much less utility as the kids rapidly outgrow them. Yasin's products could help reduce the amount of waste produced from kids' clothes, to say nothing of the recyclable-value of his materials.