by lindastcyr
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Photo: Haute Natured Swimwear Show

Can we save the planet with one bikini at a time? A designer featured during Swim Week in Miami thinks so. The first ever fully compostable bathing suit appeared on the runaway at the Setai. Designer Linda Loudermilk, a pioneer of the eco-fashion movement, created the first compostable swimsuit from a plant starch that had been turned into fabric.

Loudermilk said of the bathing suit design, “You can use it again or you can throw it away.  It’s very inexpensive, so it’s something you can give to your guests but it has  a fashion forward look.” According to the “Luxury Eco” designer, the compostable bathing suit will not dissolve on a woman’s body when she wears it swimming, but if she decides she does not want to wear the suit anymore all she will have to do is bury it. The suit will decompose and breakdown in 180 days leaving no traces of it behind.

Loudermilk was not the only designer to showcase eco-friendly and sustainable swimwear during Miami’s Swim Week. In the Haute Natured Swimwear Show many fashion experts showcased sustainability for the beach. Eco Swim, Meadow and Mae all joined Luxury Eco in showing off swim fashions designed to be Earth friendly. Up-cycled fabrics, repurposed materials, biodegradable plant oil and organic fibers were used to make sexy, stylish beach wear an incredible part of Swim Week.

Eco-designers face challenges when using sustainable material for swimsuits. For example, Jenni Saylor of Eco Swim by AquaGreen claims that “it’s impossible to make a suit that will appeal to women without at least a  little spandex, aka Lycra, which helps a suit cling in the right places.”

Both eco-couture designers believe in making fashion that is positive for the Earth. Loudermilk said of the eco-friendly swimwear movement, “This is the new meaning of luxury. How many Gucci glasses and Louis Vuitton bags and products can you have? The  luxury eco movement is giving people a way to be proud of what they’re choosing  to wear.”

The Haute Natured swimwear show wasn’t just about showcasing eco-fashions. The runway show also benefited the International Seakeepers Society which promotes education opportunities on ocean issues, protects the marine environment and focuses on science for marine research and ocean conservation.

About lindastcyr

Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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  • http://reusing.blogspot.com Terra the Reuser

    ARGH!!! I’m so sick of greenwashing!

    First of all, we should *never* be looking at anything as if it’s “disposable.” That’s what’s gotten us into the mess we’re in now and we’re trying to solve the problem with the same “solution” that caused the problem in the first place.

    Secondly, ANY swimsuit made from natural fibers (cotton, silk, etc.) is technically compostable, so this is certainly not the “world’s first.”

    Thirdly, when people throw something away, it most often ends up in a landfill. Trashed items in a landfill do NOT break down in the same way that an item would if it were buried. I seriously doubt anyone will bury this bathing suit in their backyard, instead opting to throw it out with the rest of the trash, because they’ve been lead to believe that it is somehow more environmentally friendly to do so.* The truth is, we just don’t know how things break down in landfills. We haven’t had modern landfills for long enough to know this. We certainly haven’t had all these products that claim to be compostable or biodegradable or whatever the eco-term du jour is for long enough to know. Furthermore, there is a new study out saying that even *if* things do break down quicker in a landfill, that is not necessarily a good thing, as they would then be releasing methane before the capture systems are in place.

    We need to stop looking at products as disposable and start focusing on well-made, durable, and able to be reused products.

    *I understand that your article makes the distinction between landfilling and burying, even suggesting that the owner bury the suit. Unfortunately, we know that people (for the most part) do NOT understand the meaning of the word compostable and often interpret that to mean that it’s fine to throw it away with the other trash, because it will magically break down in the landfill into innocuous components.

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      Yah, + 1. Whole greenwashing crap stinks. Just read the Vegan Leather crappy post ; “Vegan leather” with wool sold by fur peddlers and promoted by eco websites. yuks !

      The first fully composable swim suit ? Commercial bs one liner devoid of truth. Good old Cotton is composable and using eco cotton is soooo much better (and cheaper) for the environment.
      And really ? should we promote articles that we throw away after one or two times, even if they “decompose” ? To manufacture these artificial fibers costs energy, to produce and transport also costs energy. It’s maybe “decomposable” but it ain’t “sustainability”.

      Last But Not Least.
      Look at that bikini, it looks like a potato bag, its stereotypy about eco, it is NOT sexy.

  • Michael Raymer

    “but if she decides she does not want to wear the suit anymore all she will have to do is bury it.”

    I’m dying here. Grab your shovels and rejoice girls!!! That burning desire you’ve always had to bury your old clothes is now fulfilled….one bikini at a time. Because THAT’S what fills up our landfills! I’m smelling Nobel Prize here folks. Nobel freakin’ Prize.