Swim Week on South Beach is mostly about glitz, glamor and impossibly leggy models traipsing about celebrity-lined runways.
But at one Friday night show at The Setai, its also about trying to save the planet one itty-bitty bikini at a time.
A group of eco-couture designers will unveil lines that eschew synthetic textiles like polyester. Instead, theyre crafting sustainable swimwear out of fabrics made from wood pulp, hemp and bamboo or from recycled plastic bottles, upcycled factory scraps of cotton and nylon and repurposed material like military parachutes.
Designer Linda Loudermilk said Thursday that she would debut what she billed as the worlds first fully compostable bathing suit.
Its fashioned from a plant starch, she said, that has been turned into a fabric so new she just got her hands on it four days earlier. She said the suit wont dissolve on a womans body, but bury it under dirt, like in a land fill, and it would break down within 180 days leaving not a single spandex strap, blot of chemical dye or foam bra cup insert behind.
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