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If there's one thing the Star Wars movies taught us, it's that for every evil Galactic Empire, there's a scrappy (or not-so-scrappy) band of rebels fighting against the tide. From IKEA reaching its 100 percent sustainable cotton goal to Nordic fashion's move to becoming the eco-friendliest in the world, here are seven milestones that kept us from going over to the Dark Side. Above, the European Union made history in July when it unanimously agreed to ban a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs, from its clothing and textile imports.
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