Ladies going out for swimming now can make a positive contribution towards the betterment of our environment. They’ll just have to wear an innovative and hi-tech swimsuit which will remove pollution from the oceans while they enjoy the swimming experience. Called Sponge Suit, the 3D-printed swimwear manufactured using 3D printing and nano-scale clean-tech material research is environmentally proactive and economically sustainable. It is designed to transform the swimming experience into an eco-friendly activity and save our oceans from pollution.
The Sponge Suit is created by the team of Pinar Guvenc, Inanc Eray, Gonzalo Carbajo and Marco Mattia Cristofori who believes that wearable technology can be the next big thing for a cleaner and greener future. Sponge Suit is designed in two main parts: One is a net-like white shell surface made of 3D print elasto plastic which is flexible enough to fit the body and have sufficient strength to encapsulate the filler material. The second part is Sponge, a super-hydrophobic carbon based material having a multi-model porosity. A powerful tool for water and contaminant separation, it absorbs everything but water from the ocean.
Weighing only 54 grams with a thickness of 2 millimeters, the Sponge Suit can absorb up to 25 times of its own weight. The wearable does not release the absorbed materials unless it is heated to high temperatures of almost 1,000 degrees Celsius. The versatile material is then re-obtained in its original liquid form which can be recycled once all the contaminants have been removed.
The Sponge Suit design recently won the first prize at the 2015 Reshape Wearable Technology Competition. Although, the wearable is currently in prototype stages the team says that they are ready for mass-scale production. They would like to incorporate this technology in the development of different outfits such as bathing suits, mayokini and swimming caps.