By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Miami Swim Week 2019 has been abuzz since Thursday, July 11th and will continue through Tuesday, July 16th. On Sunday at 12PM noon, there will be an ‘Eco Standards and Global Environment Panel Discussion’ held at the Paraiso Bungalow at 2100 Collins Avenue.
While Miami Swim Week has been going on for decades in one form or another, this is the first time organizers are holding a discussion panel on global environment issues. The moderator of the panel is Valeria Hinojosa of Water Thru Skin, a conscious entrepreneur and sustainable travel and lifestyle influencer.
Hinojosa is born and raised in Bolivia but has been living in sunny Miami for the past ten years, and left a career in private banking to become a full-time conscious entrepreneur and sustainable travel and lifestyle influencer. Her work has reached media coverage on Forbes, Vogue, Telemundo, People, Elle and many others.
She explains how the vision for the Eco Standards and Global Environment panel evolved. “Sustainability is a crucial topic that is not only covered on the media but also talked among, and supported by, millions of humans worldwide,” said Hinojosa.
“From sustainable fashion to eco travel, plastic-free cities and much more, being eco-friendly is transforming from a trend to a world-changing everyday lifestyle.” Adding, “Paraiso Miami Beach has created a panel discussion focused on the importance of being conscious of our actions as humans and consumers.”
The panel will be held at the newly created Paraiso Bungalow in Collins Park overlooking the ocean, where “conscious shoppers can find a wonderful selection of sustainable brands to engage with”. The space is open to public July 11-14, 11AM-8PM.
The panel speakers were selected on the basis of the sustainable projects and missions they are leading which are reshaping industries – from fashion to lifestyle and even city developments. They include Lisa Marxs, Executive Director of Sales and Education of brand Kevin Murphy.
Also Pasha Ghanei, Director of Business Development of brand Kevin Murphy, Yanira Pineda, Sustainability City of Miami Beach Spokesperson, and Natasha Tonic, Sustainable Swimwear Designer.
Hinojosa explains, “We want our panel to open the audience’s minds to the responsibility they have as humans and the power they have as consumers. Each action and dollar spent creates a demand that triggers a tremendous ripple effect.”
Adding, “We will cover questions focused on the importance of reducing and reusing waste in the fashion industry and at home, […] how nature has become a big inspiration for entrepreneurs, and how [Miami Beach] is tackling its plastic waste production and usage to create a cleaner and kinder city.”
Organized by Paraiso Miami Beach, Miami Swim Week brings thousands of designers, models and industry insiders together to showcase their talents. As a centerpiece, the trade show SwimShow 2019 will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from Saturday, July 13th through Tuesday, July 16th.