On average a child will grow through seven sizes in their first two years, costing around £2,000 before they even reach three.
Concerned about not only the cost burden this was placing on parents, but also the huge amount of waste this generates, 24-year-old Ryan Yasin decided to do something about it.
The recent graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London set to work on creating a garment that could actually grow along with a small child. The result was Petit Pli, a set of clothing that’s not only waterproof but when it’s not being worn can even be kept in a parent’s pocket.
Petit Pli employs something known as the Negative Poisson’s ratio. Put simply, when stretched, materials that have this ratio - called auxetics - become thicker perpendicular to the applied force.
Yasin had his lightbulb moment while studying aeronautical engineering at Imperial College having previously been working on satellite design and construction.
Through heat treatments applied to the fabric Yasin was able to give the garments auxetic properties effectively allowing them to expand and grow to many times its original size.Initially Ryan created a simple pair of trousers and a jacket however his real goal is to expand beyond these by releasing a full range of clothing.
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