Condoms got you down? Too thick, and not enough grass in that latex? No need to fear the future of sex. Researchers down in Queensland Australia are working on a way to make new thinner, more durable condoms using grass.
A press release on phys.org describes how new rubbers that have the thickness of a human hair, are being made with Spinifex, a hearty plant that’s native to the outback in Australia. Spinifex is said to be known for its strong cellular structure because they contain nanocellulose, something which is being added to the condoms to make them durable.
“The great thing about our nanocellulose is that it’s a flexible nano-additive, so we can make a stronger and thinner membrane that is supple and flexible, which is the Holy Grail for natural rubbers,” said Professor Darren Martin from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
Researchers are currently working in partnership with the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu People, Aboriginal owners of a region in north-west Queensland, to build on traditional knowledge of the fiber in their developments. Spinifex resin has long been used as an effective adhesive for by indigenous communities in Australia, for attaching spear heads to wooden shafts.
The new prophylactic invention can withstand 20 percent more passionate pressure and 40 percent more volume than current condoms, making them ideal for those who like their kinky on the wild side.
Unfortunately, the enhanced super condoms are still being tested and refined and aren’t yet on the market, but hopefully should be soon.