Even 2016 had a silver lining or two. From the Armani Group eradicating fur across all its brands, including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, and A/X Armani Exchange, to Adidas to committing to making 1 million pairs of sneakers out of recycled ocean plastic, here are seven milestones that redeemed one stinker of a year. Above, the establishment of the the eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits that will draw upon more than $250 million in public-private investments, plus $75 million in federal resources, over the next five years, to accelerate textiles innovation in the United States.
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