Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how Rwanda is stepping into Africa's apparel sourcing mix with a new export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time, a new study claims social audits fail "spectacularly" to protect garment workers, and Uniqlo is partnering with materials maker Toray Industries to produce clothing made from recycled down and fabric.

Rwanda steps into Africa's apparel sourcing mix
For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.

Japan's Itochu confirms support for Ethiopia garment sector
Japan's Itochu Corporation has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to further develop the African nation's growing textile and clothing industry. 

Mauritius and Madagascar boost garment manufacturing ties
The governments of Mauritius and Madagascar are intensifying their efforts to improve cooperation between the textile and clothing sectors of the two neighbouring Indian Ocean island states.

Social audits fail "spectacularly" to protect workers
A new study claims to reveal "corporate negligence" and a lack of accountability within the multi-billion social auditing industry – alleging that it instead operates as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) tool to protect brand reputation and profits while aggravating risks to garment workers.

Uniqlo and Toray team up on recycled down and fabric
Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing and materials maker Toray Industries are teaming up to produce clothing made from recycled down and fabric that contains polyester fibres from recycled plastic bottles.