Most of us try to avoid getting flora or fauna in our contraceptive devices, but you may change your mind about that soon. Researchers from the University of Queensland have found a way to make condoms using grass and they say they’re thinner and more durable than regular rubbers. (In related news, could spray-on condoms catch on for safe sex?)
Spinifex, a spiky grass native to the Australian outback, is known for it’s uniquely strong cellular structure. Now scientists are extracting the “nanocellulose” and adding it to latex for condoms. Not only does the natural material make the final product thinner than a human hair, but it’s much stronger than current condoms.
“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, in a press release.
Martin added the new condoms can handle 20 percent more pressure and 40 percent more volume, making them ideal for even the most vigorous sex. (This is the riskiest sex position.)
But it’s the incredible thinness that has men really, ahem, excited. At just 45 microns in width, the revamped raincoats provide “the thinnest, most satisfying” experience possible, according to Martin.
While condoms are the main goal for this new material, the scientists say they’re exploring other uses for it—like making latex gloves that are more comfortable and safer for medical use.
Sadly these miracle condoms won’t be available for Valentine’s Day, or sexytimes anytime soon. They’re still being refined and tested. In the meantime, check out these 5 Condoms for Better Sex.