Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry is seeking to establish a reputation for environmental excellence by investing in so-called green factories, Primark launches its first range of jeans made with 100% sustainable cotton, and the UK has set out tariffs on clothing imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Green factories help Bangladesh get an edge over rivals
The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they would not be tarnished by similar disasters – and now the industry is going a step further by seeking to establish a reputation for environmental excellence.

Primark launches 100% sustainable cotton jeans
Value fashion chain Primark has taken another step in its move towards using sustainably sourced cotton across its product ranges, launching its first range of jeans made with 100% sustainable cotton, purchased directly from farmers participating in its Sustainable Cotton Programme. 

UK outlines apparel import tariffs under ‘no-deal’ Brexit
Imports into the UK of certain apparel, including men’s or boy’s cotton shirts and swimwear, would be subject to tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the country’s government announced this morning (13 March) – but the vast majority of products would enter tariff free.

Proposals to tackle low wages in Ethiopian garment factories
Workers in Ethiopian garment factories are continuing to earn chronically low wages and are discriminated against for union affiliations, a new survey has revealed.

Adidas warns supply chain problems may hurt sales
Record sales, the highest margin in the company’s history, and strong improvements in net income were not enough to prevent shares in Adidas tumbling this morning (13 March), as the German sporting giant warned shortages in the supply of mid-priced apparel will negatively impact sales growth in the first half of 2019, particularly in North America.

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