Top stories this week on just-style include the results of a new survey that found 83% of US fashion sourcing executives plan to source less from China over the next two years, a look at the expansion of an innovative new mill in Hong Kong that upcycles textile waste into yarns, the danger of compliance becoming a box-ticking exercise, and a new chemical management app that offers an at-a-glance view of chemical use in global supply chains.

Sourcing costs and uncertainty subdue US fashion firms
Ongoing trade uncertainty, coupled with a 20% hike in the cost of sourcing from Bangladesh, Vietnam and India – the main alternatives to China – are the biggest concerns facing today's US fashion industry executives. And not surprisingly, they're contributing to a more downbeat outlook for the future.

Hong Kong textile waste recycling mill scales up
An innovative new mill in Hong Kong that upcycles textile waste into yarns that can be reused to make garments has now been scaled up and is being trialled by a number of leading brands.

The 'compliance trap' that hinders sustainable procurement
Businesses are getting stuck in a kind of compliance trap, whereby they under-invest in programmes – which essentially come down to ticking boxes and collecting documents – but do not drive suppliers to embrace long-term performance improvement, a new survey suggests.

Outlook remains positive for US apparel retail
Analysts continue to expect operating profit in the US apparel and footwear sector will increase by 6-7% in 2019, with sales growth in the range of 4-5%. 

New app for at-a-glance chemicals management
International brands and retailers including Bestseller, Lindex, Orsay, Li & Fung, Lidl and Tchibo are piloting a new chemical management app that gives an at-a-glance view of chemical usage in their global supply chains.