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    Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    How toxic (to the enviroment from manufacturing) are the swimsuits that we wear (Speedo, Nike, Arena, etc.)?

    Are there any Eco Friendly swimsuits our there, that provide the same benefits as a toxic swimsuit?
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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    Bill,
    that made me think: the most eco friendly suit would be ... none.
    so i had to look up if that was "legal"

    according to:
    102.12 Swimwear for Pool Competition

    nowhere can i find that a suit is mandatory.

    102.12.1 Design
    A The swimsuits worn for competition shall be nontransparent and conform
    to the current concept of the appropriate. The referee shall have authority
    to bar offenders from competition until they comply with this rule.

    all of 102.12.1 talks about is *IF* you wear a swimsuit, NOT that one is required!!!

    though state and local laws may prevail if one is not worn.

    steve

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    Steve,

    I'm not sure where the FINA approved stamp would be on your proposed swimwear
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    Rob,
    that's just it.

    if i'm not wearing a suit i dont need a fina approved stamp!!!

    the stamp is only required *IF* you wear a suit.

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    Rob,
    that's just it.

    if i'm not wearing a suit i dont need a fina approved stamp!!!

    the stamp is only required *IF* you wear a suit.
    I really hope (for the sake of USMS membership growth goals) that going au naturel is not your plan once your shoulder heals.

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    I have a hemp suit by speeodd.

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    The most environmentally friendly suit is probably the one that lasts the longest so you don't need to replace it. A polyester suit can last a couple years. If you are willing to re-stitch the seams (the stitching is the only part that wears out) it would probably last a lot longer than that.

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    Re: Toxic Swimming vs Eco Swimming

    Unless you swim in a naturally occurring body of water, the artificial construction of and maintenance of a pool (including the manufacturing and shipping of chemicals, cleaners and filters) is probably one heck of a lot more "toxic" to the environment than a purchased suit.


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