The most-read stories on just-style this week include an update from outdoor wear brands on their progress in reducing PFCs after an investigation found some products contained hazardous chemicals, the launch of a new round of EU funding for Myanmar's garment sector, and new targets by Gap Inc to strengthen worker rights across its global supply chain.

Brands update on hazardous chemicals found in clothing
Outdoor wear brand Haglöfs has withdrawn a line of boots from sale after an investigation found they contained hazardous chemicals, while other brands have updated their own progress on reducing PFCs in outdoor clothing and footwear.

New EU funding to help boost Myanmar garment exports
Myanmar's garment sector is targeting a 300% increase in garment exports to the European Union (EU) by end of 2019 thanks to a EUR2.8m (US$3m) funding boost as the second phase of the SMART Myanmar project gets underway.

Gap deepens efforts on social and environmental issues
US apparel giant Gap Inc has set out new targets aimed at strengthening worker rights across its global supply chain – including all of its strategic branded apparel suppliers achieving a sustainability rating of green or yellow by 2020, and all self-reporting their performance in the Gap global sustainability data system within the next two years. 

Vietnam "most promising market" moving forward
Despite uneven growth in developing markets last year, Vietnam is singled out as one of the most promising markets moving forward, a new report has predicted.

Vietnam cotton yarn output triples in four years
Cotton spinning in Vietnam has tripled over the last four years thanks to rising yarn exports to China, with the country's total mill use expected to reach 5.1m bales in 2015/16.