Social & environmental: Latest news and analysis articles

Subscribe via RSSWhat is RSS?

Latest Insights

Why China 5-year plan won't change garment-making

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But does the Plan really tell...

Navigating a turbulent sourcing landscape

Apparel brands, retailers and suppliers are having to navigate an increasing number of supply chain challenges in order to operate in a more...

Clothing sector helps China to green its growth

A conference on sustainability staged by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has heard how China is making serious effort...

Myanmar elections spark optimism and concern

Apparel and footwear makers in Myanmar believe the country's anticipated transfer of power to the opposition next March should attract more...

Latest Interviews

Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic evolution 10 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.

Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

Latest News

Turkmenistan uses more forced labour in cotton 24 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

While Uzbekistan’s use of forced labour to harvest cotton is well-documented, a new report says workers at a range of private and public-sector institutions have also been coerced to pick cotton in Turkmenistan this year, with children used in at least one area.

Mixed feedback on cotton labour in Uzbekistan 24 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

Monitoring of workers during the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has offered a mixed assessment, with no systematic use of child labour found but “serious concerns” raised over the risk of forced labour.

Global news roundup 24 Nov 15

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. 

Growth weighs on Kering raw materials impact 23 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

Luxury goods group Kering is scaling up its efforts to put a monetary value on the environmental impact racked up by its operations and global supply chain – but admits the impact of raw materials has increased as its business has grown.

Lindex commits to forest-friendly viscose supply 23 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

European fashion chain Lindex has become the latest company to join the CanopyStyle pledge to ensure the rayon, modal or viscose fibres in its garments does not come from ancient and endangered forests.

Tazreen fire compensation scheme gets underway 23 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

A multi-stakeholder trust set up to oversee claims and collect funding to make payments to the families of the 112 workers killed and those injured in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh has been created three years after the tragedy in 2012. 

Latest blogs

Sourcing plans unwise to target TPP 16 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

The release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement earlier this month coincided with a number of events showing how unpredictable the deal’s approval is likely to be.

 Vegan fabric a fad or a future phenomenon? 10 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

Veganism is often thought of in food terms, and not clothing, so the idea of purchasing a vegan wool jumper or a vegan handbag could seem alien to many. The movement is gradually gaining momentum, albeit slowly. But whether the industry has the desire to really push it in the right direction is questionable.

just-style homepage

Forgot your password?

Get full access to all content, just $1 for 30 days

Site Editor Leonie Barrie
Access for $1 for 30 days

A Message From The Editor [x]

just-style gives you the widest apparel and textile market coverage.

But only paid just-style members have full, unlimited access to all our exclusive content - including 15 years of archives.

I am so confident you will love complete access to our content that today I can offer you 30 days access for $1.

It’s our best ever membership offer – just for you.

Editor's signature

Leonie Barrie, editor of just-style

Get 30 days for $1
Risk-free, money-back guarantee