A group of "eco-couture" designers unveiled lines that eschew synthetic textiles like polyester. Instead, they're 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 that she would debut what she deemed as the world's first fully compostable bathing suit.
It's fashioned from a plant starch, she said, that has been turned into a fabric so new she just got her hands on it recently. She said the suit won't dissolve on a woman's body, but bury it under dirt, like in a landfill, and it would break down within 180 days – leaving not a single spandex strap, blot of chemical dye or foam bra cup insert behind.
"You can use it again or you can throw it away," said Loudermilk, a pioneer of the eco-fashion movement. "It's very inexpensive so it's something you can give to your guests but it has a fashion forward look."
The show, dubbed "Haute Natured," featured Loudermilk's "Luxury Eco" line as well as environmentally friendly designs from Eco Swim by Aqua Green, Meadow and MAE Couture.