2012 wasn't all doom and gloom. The past 12 months also ushered some of the most ground-breaking innovations and commitments the world has ever seen. From the first-ever flexible fiber-optic solar cell to a new California law designed to crack down on human trafficking and slavery across the planet, here are seven stories that are changed the face of fashion, science, and social justice this year. Above, Puma announced in October a line of Cradle to Cradle-certified apparel, shoes, and accessories that will either be biodegradable or recyclable through the manufacturer's take-back program.
What's the most eventful eco-fashion story of the year?
- 7 Votes Zara, Levi's cave to pressure to detox supply chains
- 5 Votes California law cracks down on human trafficking, slavery worldwide
- 2 Votes Puma launches Cradle-to-Cradle collection
- 2 Votes Lab-grown leather to hit runways in five years
- 2 Votes Sustainable Apparel Coalition debuts "Higg Index"
- 2 Votes H&M launches world's first global clothes-recycling program
- 1 Votes Fiber-optic solar cell paves way for sun-powered textiles
Total Voters: 21
Feeling nostalgic? Skip back a year for seven of the most ground-breaking eco-fashion stories of 2011.