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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Swimsuit Green

Beachbunny, 1987
Quite a bit changes in 25 years, as evidenced by the photo on the left compared to the right. Two children, more concern about protecting my skin as well as my lungs, discovery of the ability of peroxide to cover my grey hair, and a lot more weight gained are some of the more obvious changes. Less obvious is the ability to airbrush a smile line or bulge that is a little less than flattering. Photo editing is my friend. Indeed, it's come a long way, baby!

eco swim by aqua green
Treehugger, 2012
However, one of the more innovative and exciting changes is the way some swimsuits have changed. When EcoSwim initially contacted me to review their suit*, the first thought that flashed through my mind is how little I wanted to model a suit online. I momentarily considered asking one of my teenage daughters to choose one until the idea of posting photos of my daughters in swimsuits online felt a little too much like a creepy reality television show.

I bit the bullet and agreed to choose a swimsuit from their line to model.

How is Eco Swim so different? For starters, the suit is made of 100% recycled nylon and plastic. I was intrigued by the premise as I knew that fleece and upholstery fabric could be from recycled materials, but wondered how swimsuit material would compare. Additionally, the suits are Made in the USA, reducing the carbon footprint of shipping them to the States as well as creating local jobs.

From their website:
REPREVE is a brand of fabrics made from 100% recycled materials. Using innovative technology, the company combines post-consumer waste (plastic bottles) and industrial waste (nylon) to create high quality yarn. The company is one of the leaders in the "upcycle" movement to find significant use for waste materials and used-up products.
The fabric feels exactly like any other swimsuit fabric and quality construction is obvious in every seam and the double lined front. The shirred waist flatters a 40something figure as does the flounced bottom. The sizing was true to my usual size, as well. They have an array of styles to flatter folks from teenage to adult as seen by the video from their Spring line. I am proud to promote the company as well as their mission:
Eco Swim by Aqua Green is where sustainability meets cutting edge design in the swim industry. We strive to provide fashionable, excellent quality, and planet-friendly swimwear, therefore reducing our carbon footprint in the sand. We’ve come a long way, and with every sunrise we try harder.
*Our Daily Green received the Eco Swim suit free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  

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