As an industry innovator, Strange Bikinis manufactures swimwear made from biodegradable, organic fabric, using an eco-friendly process. You might be wondering what makes Strange Bikinis’ fabric different when so many competitors are unable to provide a biodegradable option. Simply put, we are using the most advanced technologies, materials, and methods available on the market.
We have partnered with Amni Soul Eco, the only producer of biodegradable polyamide yard, to source the material used in our swimsuits. Unlike synthetic plastic-based fabrics that never decompose, this material will decompose entirely within three years – leaving no trace of its existence on the planet after the wearer no longer needs it.
During the production of this year, water is reused whenever possible, and greenhouse gases are reduced to further preserve the ozone layer and the environment. And while you may think that in achieving these aims, the quality of the material may suffer, but that is not the case. There is no degradation of changes to the material during its lifetime, even when stored. And its shelf life is comparable to conventional polyamides.
This durability is due to the fabric’s non-oxo-biodegradable nature. It doesn’t deteriorate due to use or exposure to oxygen. In fact, in order for it to break down, a set of environmental conditions must exist, such as high humidity, a lack of oxygen, and a high concentration of anaerobic bacteria – like what can be expected in a landfill. Once there, the material biodegradable swimsuits will break down, similar to wood, cotton, or paper. As you can see, there is a better way forward, and Strange Bikinis is leading the charge toward a sustainable, eco-friendly future for swimwear.
This process begins in Brazil, where the raw biodegradable fabric is produced. This biodegradable fabric is also known for being soft, comfortable, durable, and breathability. It also washes easily, provides outstanding moisture absorption, is fast drying and fully-recyclable.
Our suits are also made using an eco-friendly process that consumes less water and energy than standard manufacturing while using organic and biodegradable materials for the fabric.
Unlike other fibers that take decades to decompose, Amni Soul Eco. takes approximately five years to break down once disposed in landfill, reducing the environmental impact and ensuring a better world for future generations. Test results* show that 90% of Amni Soul Eco yard decomposed within 5 years as opposed to 7% decomposition of conventional polyamides in the same time frame. Garments made with Amni Soul Eco suffer no changes during the lifetime, even when stored, having a shelf life as long as conventional polyamides. *ASTM D5511 - Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids (attached). AMNI SOUL ECO. IS RECOMMENDED FOR COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE LANDFILL OR ANAEROBIC DIGESTION AS A METHOD FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT. Customers are responsible to follow local waste policy and legislation.