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How Smart Swimsuits Can Help Prevent Your Next Sunburn

A new line of bikinis and towels makes it easier for all of us to avoid one of the worst parts of summer.

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Imagine this: You’re at the beach having fun with friends. There’s sand, surf, perhaps a cooler with some drinks to help you pass the time…. Suddenly you wake up, realize you’d fallen asleep under the hot July sun, and are starting to turn a shade of red usually reserved for crustaceans soaked in butter. You spend the next week hobbling around in excruciating pain, and trying not to be grossed out by the sheets of skin you can now pull off your burnt shoulders.

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When swimming competitions updated their regulations for swimwear this year, the Speedo LZR racer swimsuit was rendered obsolete as a sellable item. Luckily, Speedo decided not to throw out these otherwise perfectly good suits, but instead donated 600 of them to students at the Chelsea College of Art and Design for an upcycling project. The designers went to work and stretched the material to its limits, harnessing its elastic power to build this stunning pavilion.

Although recycling has gained significant momentum in the past decade, our society is still overflowing with junk and so-called useless materials. Rather than letting them fester in dumps, more and more designers should take cues from the innovative upcycling movement. Have you seen an inspiring use of "trash" lately?

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