Top stories this week on just-style include Primark launching its first line of clothing made using 100% sustainable cotton, the Ethiopian government lifting a ten-month state of emergency, the re-launch of American Apparel with higher prices for its 'Made in US' items, and an update on key issues for textile and apparel in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation.

Ethiopia ends 10-month state of emergency
The Ethiopian government has lifted a 10-month-long national state of emergency imposed last October – in a move that will be welcomed by the many textile and apparel firms investing in and sourcing from the country.

Primark launches 100% sustainable cotton pyjama line
Primark is this week launching its first line of clothing made using 100% sustainable cotton – marking a first for the British value clothing retailer in being able to track its cotton through the supply chain from farm to store.

American Apparel relaunches with higher US-made prices
Gildan Activewear sees a bright future for its newly acquired and just relaunched American Apparel brand – but is giving shoppers the option of deciding whether to pay more to buy products that have been made in the USA.

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel – Update
As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which could be as early as mid-August – we take an in-depth look at key issues for textile and apparel supply chains. In the latest developments, the US has set out its roadmap for the discussions, and confirmed the first round of talks will be held from 16-20 August in Washington, DC.

Bangladesh warned to play ball on labour issues or risk GSP
The Foreign Trade Association has warned Bangladesh its members could stop sourcing from the country if it refuses to play ball on tackling outstanding labour rights issues.