The most-read stories on just-style this week include the response from Chinese cotton producers to the planned end of the national reserve programme, Adidas cutting fabric waste in two of its latest ranges, and a comment on South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world. 

CHINA: Cotton producers hail end of cotton reserve scheme
A director at the China Cotton Association has welcomed the planned replacement of China's national cotton reserve programme with a system of subsidies.

GERMANY: Adidas cuts fabric waste by focusing on design
Performance sportswear brand Adidas says it has almost completely eliminated fabric waste in the production of its Running and Adidas by Stella McCartney ranges by changing the way it makes patterns.

BANGLADESH: Alliance factory safety inspections on track
The US-based group working to improve safety conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh says it has inspected nearly one-third (31%) of the 700 factories used by its members - and is on track to have the process finished by July.

Comment: South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world
While it may be too early to state with any degree of certainty that the Bangladesh bubble has burst, most sourcing professionals now accept that the bubble has developed sizeable leaks. These same sourcing professionals are also taking fast action not be caught in an increasingly probable implosion.

H&M continues to dispel disposable fashion image
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has had a busy 12 months, including a ramp-up of its sustainability efforts, a 'living wage' project, and a focus on expanding its global presence. While its latest fourth-quarter earnings disappointed the market, the company appears forthright in its ambitions to make 2014 an equally, if not more successful, year for the group.