3-D Printing Means Less Waste, Longer Wear for Sweaters

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Appalatch’s custom-fit sweaters make shopping easier and reduce waste at the same time. Photo: Appalatch
Appalatch’s custom-fit sweaters make shopping easier and reduce waste at the same time. Photo: Appalatch

Everyone has experienced the frustration of being unable to find a piece of clothing that fits you right. To make clothes shopping a little easier, Appalatch, a North Carolina–based outdoor apparel company, has decided to make custom-fit sweaters using a computerized knitting machine that works much like a 3-D printer. Customers will submit their measurements to the Appalatch website, and an hour later, garments designed to perfectly fit them will be ready to ship.

Yes, the future is here.

To get this clothing revolution off the ground, founders Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin are raising money on Kickstarter to help pay for the initial cost of the knitting machine.

“It’s a total game changer when it comes to making clothing. A stoll knitting machine is essentially a 3-D printer for garments, allowing us to create any knitted garment in any dimension imaginable,” deGuzman says in Appalatch’s Kickstarter video.

Founders Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin wanted to create garments that are ethical and sustainable.
Founders Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin wanted to create garments that are ethical and sustainable. Photo: Appalatch

Using this technology, Appalatch will be able to provide consumers the experience of going to a tailor and receiving a custom garment made from local materials without ever leaving home. The sweaters will be made using American-grown, sustainably-sourced wool and cotton, and the spinning, dyeing and sewing process will all take place in North and South Carolina.

By making sweaters designed specifically to fit customers, Appalatch’s production process produces almost zero waste, significantly reducing the amount of fabric scrap that might otherwise be sent to a landfill.

“Our mission is to bring you higher-quality, longer-lasting clothes that are ethically made in America to replace fast fashion clothes that are made abroad,” Gouin says in Appalatch’s Kickstarter video. “Ultimately we want you to buy less, but we want you to wear it longer.”

To learn more about these custom-fit sweaters or to contribute to the campaign, which runs through Dec. 6, visit Appalatch’s Kickstarter page.