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New style bikini helps clean up pollution in ocean

By Mason White 4:45 PM October 18, 2015
The Sponge Suit 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A company is introducing a new style bikini, which will help clean the oceans.

The new bikini is designed to absorb pollutants as the wearer swims in the water.

The bikini is called Sponge Suit, and it has been designed by students at the University of California Riverside. It won the first prize in the Reshape15: Wearable Technology Competition.

The Sponge Suit is designed for cleaning oil spills and harmful toxins from the water. The swimwear is able to absorb up to 25 times its own weight.

The product was the creation of a team led by electrical engineering professor Mihri Ozkan, who enlisted the help of designer Eray Carbajo to turn the idea into a wearable, functioning product.

“It is a super material that is not harmful to the environment and very cost effective to produce,” Ozkan said.