At the risk of stating the obvious, it has been a year. A year of new releases, new innovations, new advances and new legislation. A year of change. Yes, it’s safe to say a lot has happened since we introduced our projects of the year list back in December of 2022 – which is great, because it’s kind of hard to make a list without anything to write about – and, as an industry, we’ve covered a lot of ground in what feels like a pretty short space of time.
Yes, there have been setbacks and there have been disappointments, but above all else there has been progress – and, from our perspective, that’s what matters most.
We’ve seen major movement toward a world without plastic, toward processes that prioritize the Earth and the environment, and we’ve seen fashion and footwear that challenge long-held ideas about materials, motive, quality and consumption. Plant-based products have practically become mainstream and big-name brands have followed in the footsteps of innovation-led startups, pushing the idea of wholesale systemic change into the spotlight. There has been new legislation introduced and new leaders in the space have made themselves known.
Again, it’s been a year. But, hey, time flies when you’re having fun.
And with all the in mind, we’ve put together a list. It’s not exhaustive by any means – in a year of near-constant news on the innovation front, this is only a hand-picked 10 – but we think, in terms of their breadth and their impact, the projects on this list give a pretty accurate picture of the kind of year that 2023 has been.
Between now and the end of the month, we’ll be updating this list. So, if you’re not seeing 10 yet – luck you, there’s plenty more to come. And, if you are, well happy holidays. Here’s to the New Year.