Top stories this week on just-style include a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles, a roundup of the latest 'Kingpins Goes to D.C.' panel discussion, a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential in apparel sourcing, and the leading global apparel and textile names who feature among this year's top sustainability performers.

Breakthrough in recycling fabric blends into new fibres
Two exciting technical developments have been achieved in the recycling of post-consumer apparel of mixed or unknown materials into new fabrics and yarns – in what is being described as a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles.

Key trade issues facing US textiles and apparel
The current state of play when it comes to NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration's trade policy, China Section 301, what's going on with retail, where next for supply chains, US labelling requirements, and Made-in-USA were among the many topics covered in the latest 'Kingpins Goes to D.C.' panel discussion.

Consolidation of the international trade of apparel
The two largest apparel import markets in the world – the European Union and United States – are dominated by a comparatively small group of supplier countries. At the same time, fewer types of products are also sold in greater quantities. Here, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, wades through the trade data.

Digitisation – The next apparel sourcing hotspot?
So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering apparel sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency. A new survey takes a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential.

Apparel majors again among top sustainability performers
Several leading names from the global apparel and textile industries are included among this year's top sustainability performers, including Adidas, Li & Fung, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Gap Inc, Hennes & Mauritz and Gildan Activewear.