Top stories this week on just-style include increasing concern over several worker rights issues in Myanmar, steps the UK government is taking to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry, an in-depth look at how the escalating tariff war is weighing on China's textile and apparel exports to the US, and plans by Gap Inc's Banana Republic brand to switch to foam-dyed indigo yarn.

Apparel groups concerned at Myanmar labour law reforms
Business groups representing international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers have written to the government of Myanmar to express their increasing concern over several worker rights issues in the country.

UK government outlines steps it is taking to fix fast fashion
The UK government has responded to a list of recommendations made by the UK Environmental Audit Committee on ways to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry, outlining the steps it is taking to deal with the issue which include launching a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to weigh up its effectiveness, and supporting the clothing industry via the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) to improve transparency in supply chains.

How are trade tensions changing China sourcing trends?
How is the escalating tariff war weighing on China's textile and apparel exports to the US? And what China production trends should sourcing executives be watching? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a closer look.

Gap Inc to release waterless dyed denim in 2020
US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc's Banana Republic brand is to adopt a new environmentally-friendly indigo yarn dyeing process that uses foam instead of water - eliminating 99% of the water typically used in indigo-dyeing.

Crystal to scale up fabric waste recycling in Sri Lanka
Apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International Group Limited is aiming to recycle 40% of the fabric waste generated by its Sri Lanka factories this year following the success of a fabric waste upcycling pilot project.