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As a wise person once said, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. With 2014 nearly behind us, we’re taking the opportunity to look back at the year’s triumphs and failures. Peruse our end-of-year roundups below and vote for your favorite post—or least favorite, as the case may be. We’ll announce the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards on January 2, so make your selections while you can!
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, celebrities have louder voices than us mere mortals. From musician Pharrell Williams, who thinks fashion can be a tool for protecting the planet, to supermodel Christy Turlington, who says that the preventable death of one garment worker is still one too many, here are seven bold-faced names who used their fame to amplify their message.
Which was the incisive celebrity quote of 2014?
- 18 Votes Jane Goodall: Cheap Things Are Proof That People Weren't Paid Fairly
- 9 Votes Vivienne Westwood: Fashion is a Terrible Thing
- 7 Votes Livia Firth: Fashion Should Be on Climate-Change Agenda
- 6 Votes Christy Turlington: Sacrificing Humans for Profit is Unethical
- 4 Votes Pope Francis: Consumption is Always a Moral Act
- 3 Votes Pharrell Williams: Fashion Can be a Player in Protecting the Planet
- 2 Votes Neil Young: Organic Cotton is the Wiser Option for People, Planet
Total Voters: 49
Whether for good or for ill, some stories are just made to go viral. From Levi’s CEO Chris Burgh’s exhortation to wash our denim sparingly, if at all, to an activity tracker for the male member, here are some of our most read, shared, and discussed stories of the year.
What was your favorite eco-fashion story of 2014?
- 7 Votes Levi's CEO Says to Stop Washing Your Jeans
- 3 Votes Angelina Jolie’s Bespoke Wedding Gown Features Her Kids’ Artwork
- 3 Votes Khmer-American Artist Sews Dollar Bills Outside NYC H&M in Protest
- 3 Votes River in China Mysteriously Turns Blood Red Overnight
- 2 Votes American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy With “Made in Bangladesh” Ad
- 2 Votes The SexFit is a “Sexual Fitness” Tracker for Your Penis
- 2 Votes Plant-Based Breathing Apparatus is a Dire Warning for our Planet
Total Voters: 22
Take a ride on the Wayback Machine; revisit old favorites with the most popular eco-fashion stories of 2013.
We might escape that handbasket to hell just yet. From the tens of thousands of people who stood up for worker rights around the globe on Fashion Revolution Day to Pharrell Williams and G-Star Raw’s ocean-plastic denim line, here are 10 stories that made us breathe a little easier in 2014.
What was the most eventful eco-fashion story of 2014?
- 12 Votes 60 Countries Participated in "Fashion Revolution Day"
- 9 Votes Pharrell Williams, G-Star Raw Create Denim From Ocean Plastic
- 8 Votes H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Cambodia's Minimum Wage
- 5 Votes New York, New Jersey Enact Laws to Ban Ivory, Rhino-Horn Sales
- 5 Votes San Francisco Launches Zero-Waste Textile Recycling Initiative
- 4 Votes H&M, Levi's, Zara Pledge to Use Deforestation-Free Textiles
- 4 Votes Levi's Makes Jeans Using 100 Percent Recycled Water
- 3 Votes Italy's Largest Textile Suppliers Pledge to Detox Supply Chains
- 2 Votes Cradle to Cradle Institute Launches "Fashion Positive"
- 1 Votes Walmart Creates $10M Fund for U.S. Manufacturing
Total Voters: 52
Feeling nostalgic? Skip back a year for seven of the most revolutionary eco-fashion stories of 2013.
If there’s one thing we can count on every year, it’s the evil people do—and the good they don’t. From slaughterhouses that are skinning dogs alive for leather gloves and other accessories to the Cambodian garment workers who gave their lives to make our cheap clothes, here are seven stories that drove the human race to new lows.
Which was the most shocking fashion revelation of 2014?
- 22 Votes Cambodian Garment Workers Are Dying for Our Cheap Clothes
- 12 Votes Dogs Are Being Bludgeoned, Skinned Alive to Make Leather Gloves
- 8 Votes Sheep Are Killed, Mutilated for Wool
- 3 Votes Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program
- 3 Votes Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections
- 2 Votes Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money
- 1 Votes L.A. Garment Factories Owe Workers Millions in Back Pay
Total Voters: 51
Was 2014 an improvement over 2013? Judge for yourself.
What a long, strange trip 2014 has been. From diamond rings crafted from pressurized human remains to three-dimensionally printed “wearable biospheres” for navigating alien planets, here are seven stories that let their freak flag fly.
What was the weirdest eco-fashion story of 2014?
- 27 Votes Swiss Firm Turns Cremated Remains Into Diamonds
- 24 Votes Woman Spends 11 Years Knitting Coat From Her Own Hair
- 8 Votes Parasitic Jewelry Converts Body Movement Into Electricity
- 6 Votes 3D-Printed "Wearable Biospheres" for Space Exploration
- 5 Votes "Ethical" Fur Harvested From Roadkill
- 5 Votes Zero-Waste Accessories Derived From Cow Ears, Snouts
- 1 Votes A Bikini Made Entirely From Sand
Total Voters: 75
Want more weird? Check out the most bizarre eco-fashion stories of 2013.
Waste not, want not. From street-smart jewelry made from fallen graffiti to sexy lingerie derived from mulched Christmas trees, here are seven of this year’s most innovative recycled designs.
What was 2014's most daring example of recycled fashion?
- 58 Votes Brigid KO Turns Used Inner Tubes Into Pleather Couture
- 25 Votes Sneakers Made From 100% U.K. Rubbish
- 18 Votes French Designer Makes Lingerie From Discarded Christmas Trees
- 12 Votes Rebel Nell Recycles Detroit's Peeling Graffiti Into Jewelry
- 9 Votes Jewelry From the Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela
- 4 Votes TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Laptop, Tablet Sleeves
- 3 Votes Nudie Jeans Repurposes Denim Into Camper Seats, Rag Rugs
Total Voters: 129
We couldn’t include all our “trashy” favorites. Visit our archives for any stories you may have missed.
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