This Sexy Bikini Cleans Up the Ocean While You Swim
When we picture our dream tropical vacay, a vision of water so clear you can see the sand twenty feet below is something that immediately comes to mind. Sadly, that usually not the case when we go for a dip in the ocean. Whether it’s the plastic debris that’s wrecking havoc on marine life or the amount of oil that slips into the water on a regular basis, the ocean is facing a serious pollution problem. The good news? There’s something you can do to help, and spoiler alert – it involves wearing a bikini.
Researchers at the University of California Riverside have invented a new kind of swimsuit material that can absorb up to 25 times its own weight in pollutants. The base layer of the bikini is a 3D-printed elastic netting which conforms to the wearer’s body. Placed under that is a material known as Sponge. Sponge is essentially an environmentally friendly replacement for the absorbent fabric most bathing suits are currently made from.
Here’s how it all works: The contaminants from the ocean are stored in the pores of the special material. This way they don’t come into contact with the wearer. The only way of releasing them is to heat the material to at least 1,832 ºF. This process can be done up to 20 times before the inserts start losing their absorbency. Here’s where things remain a little bit unclear — obviously, our ovens at home don’t get up to 1,000+ ºF, so we can’t exactly load our bikinis up with toxins, bake them up and start anew the next time we head to the beach.
However, the research team does say that the material could also be incorporated into other water apparel like swimming caps and wet suits. So we’re guessing a solution to that dilemma will be solved shortly.
Have you heard of any other cool inventions that help fight pollution recently? Share them with us in the comments below.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!