Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the textile and apparel products that would be most affected by NAFTA's termination, how changing interests and preferences among younger consumers are placing new demands on the cotton industry, the fall in US apparel imports as the back-to-school season comes to an end, and progress by Turkish denim manufacturing giant Taypa Tekstil on its sustainability goals.

Which products would be hardest hit if NAFTA nixed?

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that US President Donald Trump may end the agreement should the United States, Canada and Mexico be unable to strike a deal. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, identifies the textile and apparel products that would be most affected by NAFTA's termination. 

Millennials and Gen Z shaking up the cotton industry

Changing interests and preferences among younger consumers are placing new demands on the cotton industry. As Millennials and Gen Z become avid consumers, cotton manufacturers will need to heed the demands of this large and influential group of consumers in order to stay successful.

US apparel imports take a tumble in September

The volume of US apparel imports saw a downturn month-on-month in September as the back-to-school season came to an end. Within the top three supplier countries, gains were posted by Vietnam and China, while Bangladesh booked its fourth consecutive monthly decline.

Global labour framework project launches second pilot

A project set up two years ago to develop a converged assessment framework for social and labour compliance, with input from companies such as Nike and Timberland, has now entered the second stage of piloting.

Turkey denim giant Taypa improving sustainable footprint

Turkish denim manufacturing giant Taypa Tekstil, supplier to brands including Levi's and Calvin Klein, has made progress on a number of environmental initiatives, including lowering its water usage by 50% and its chemical usage by 40%