Top stories this week on just-style include a review of research that argues garment workers' health and safety is under attack everyday as a normal part of 'business as usual', Target Corp launching a denim recycling pilot with German company I:Collect (I:CO), VF Corp inking an agreement to acquire the Altra footwear brand, and Reebok unveiling the first running shoe built with its latest upper technology.

Global garment worker safety is still misunderstood
Nearly five years after the world watched a frantic search for survivors turn into an onerous recovery of the dead, the words "Rana Plaza" can still invoke powerful outrage about the precarious conditions that garment workers in the developing world endure every day. But while preventing another Rana Plaza is a vital endeavour, a new book argues it is also important to consider the everyday ways in which garment workers' health and safety is under attack.

Target Corp pilots denim recycle programme
US department store retailer Target has launched a denim recycling pilot programme with German company I:Collect (I:CO), which specialises in collecting, recycling and reusing clothing, shoes and textiles .

New organic certification programme launches
A new organic certification programme has launched, spearheaded by US outdoor clothing giant Patagonia, aimed at improving fairness for farmers and workers, as well as addressing animal welfare and ecological land management.

VF Corp to acquire Altra footwear brand
US apparel giant VF Corp has inked an agreement to acquire the Altra athletic and performance-based lifestyle footwear brand from Icon Health & Fitness for an undisclosed amount.

Reebok launches first running shoe with Flexweave
Global fitness brand Reebok has launched its first running shoe built with its latest footwear upper technology, which the company claims offers a single surface construction that is as strong as it is light.