This latest invention in swimwear is taking eco-conscious fashion up a notch.
The University of California Riverside has invented a new swimsuit fabric which absorbs up to 25 times its own weight in pollutants while repelling water. The material is derived from heated sucrose, and according to one of its engineers, the “sponge” is “a super material that is not harmful to the environment and very cost effective to produce.”
The bikini is safe to wear, as the pollutants never touch the skin of the wearers, as the material keeps them trapped in the pores of the swimsuit. Beyond the bikini, the inventors believe that the material can be used to make wet suits, one-pieces and it is recyclable.
Eco-friendly clothing has been a major topic in the fashion world lately, thanks in part to the documentary “True Cost.” However, this invention goes beyond recycling and waste when it comes to production. It literally cleans the environment as you wear it. Now that is wearable technology.
While there is no timeline for when we can expect to see the bikini in stores, it is a sign that fashion is serious about being eco-friendly.