Top stories on just-style this week include a comparative ranking of the purchasing practices of fashion brands and retailers in Australia, and how US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is being urged to issue a region-wide ban on cotton imports from the entire Uyghur Region. This week has also seen wet processing identified as the weak link in fashion supply chains, and Adidas confirm it is exploring strategic alternatives for Reebok.

Australian retailers called out for poor purchasing practices
Research into the purchasing practices of fashion brands and retailers in Australia has found a disconnect between their own ratings and those of their supplier factories – suggesting an ongoing failure to understand the impact their decisions have on garment manufacturers and workers.

Uyghur forced labour in cotton more widespread than believed
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is being urged to issue a region-wide ban on cotton imports from the entire Uyghur Region after a report revealed upward of half a million people were forced to pick cotton through the government's coercive labour training and transfer scheme.

Mauritius clothing makers rethinking post-Covid strategies
The Mauritius clothing and textile sector has been assessing its use of technology to reduce costs and boost efficiency as it mulls how to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic in good shape to compete globally.

Wet processing the weak link in fashion supply chains
Wet processing – which involves bleaching, dyeing and printing fabrics – is the weak link in reducing the environmental impact of fashion supply chains, according to a new report that has examined the financial risks arising from the extensive use and misuse of water in clothing production.

Adidas confirms weighing options for Reebok
Adidas today (14 December) said it is exploring strategic alternatives for Reebok, which could involve a sale of the brand – confirming speculation that began at the end of November.