Top stories on just-style this week include a decision by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to end all field-level activities in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) amid ongoing reports of forced labour abuses. H&M, Nike, and Gap are among a number of major apparel companies asked to give evidence at a UK inquiry exploring links to XUAR supply chains. Elsewhere, six factory workers have died at a garment factory in Pakistan, and a new report explains why textile waste must become the fashion industry's new raw material.

Better Cotton Initiative halts Xinjiang operations
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to halt all field-level activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, where ongoing allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses "have contributed to an increasingly untenable operating environment."

From Field to Shelf – US political divisions complicate fashion's future
Forecasting the future is always difficult. But during days of extreme challenges, a look ahead is more important than ever. Here, industry consultant Robert Antoshak shares his thoughts on American politics, the economy, and the outlook for the future.

Six workers die at Pakistan garment factory
Six factory workers died at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, at the weekend while cleaning a chemical tank.

UK forced labour probe reaches out to apparel retailers
Major apparel companies including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Nike and Gap have been contacted by UK politicians to give evidence at an inquiry exploring the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.

Textile waste key to fashion's circular future
Textile waste must become the industry's new raw material, according to consortium that has issued a call to action for brands and retailers, waste collectors and recyclers as part of its vision to prove the feasibility of textile-to-textile circular systems.