Most of us buy clothing without thinking about the environmental or even social impact, but, take a minute and think about it.
The material that is used in the making of the actual garment as well as the transportation of both the materials used and the finished product, has a negative effect on the environment. Pollution is something directly tied to clothing and it is something we should consider when buying clothes.
Some of us however have noticed the negative effects and have started to look for alternatives. We found bamboo clothing and some recycle the materials from their clothing. Others have opted to upcycle their clothing while many other choose to use only clothes made from organic materials.
Designer Linda Loudermilk has taken it one step further by her creation of compostable swimwear, making its appearance on the catwalk in July of 2011.
Loudermilk has also been named W’s top twenty innovators to watch and Elle magazine’s ‘Vivienne Westwood of eco’. She is definitely a ‘green’ genius and someone we can expect many more great things from.
She not only makes swimwear, but other garments as well. She also runs Linda Loudermilk / luxury eco™ where all of her designs and garments are made from sustainable products such as bamboo, sea cell, soya, sasawashi. Almost all of the self-sustainable plants you can think of, is used.
The compostable swimwear made its debut in the Haute Natured show in Miami. Haute Natured Eco Swim division focuses on creating eco-friendly swimwear that is not only fashionable, but of a high quality as well. They focus on using only sustainable material and making processes.
The swimsuit is made out of plant starch and takes up to 180 days to break down once buried. This means that your swimsuit will not disappear in the water or decay in your closet. Once you are tired of your swimsuit or if it goes out of fashion, you can bury it in your garden and give your soil a little bit of nutrients.
It is inexpensive and the whole idea is to use this product as a way to raise environmental awareness.
This is a step in the right direction in terms of eco-friendly fashion and the advantages and influences on other designers can become great.