Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how a ban on solid waste imports into China could lead to challenges for the recycled polyester market, and an analysis of the various sourcing factors affecting the choice of apparel sourcing destinations. The first working week of 2021 has also seen the Fair Labor Association (FLA) ban its affiliates from sourcing from and producing in China's Xinjiang region, while the US retail sector has warned tariffs on imports of Vietnamese goods would hike consumer prices.

Recycled polyester threatened by China waste ban
A ban on solid waste imports into China could mean more upheaval for the recycled polyester market, raising the spectre of supply bottlenecks and price increases. 

Which apparel sourcing factors matter the most?
From capacity to price, stability, sustainability and quality, various sourcing factors affect the choice of apparel sourcing destinations. But which matter most to fashion brands and retailers? And what's the secret of becoming a preferred sourcing base? Emma Davis and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware take a look.

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated
Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.

Fair Labor Association bans Xinjiang sourcing
Affiliates of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) have been banned from sourcing from and producing in China's Xinjiang region – a first for the non-profit – as concerns grow over human rights and labour violations.

US retail sector says Vietnam tariffs will hike consumer prices
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has urged the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to avoid placing tariffs on imports of Vietnamese goods and rely on other remedies to address trade complaints as it has released a report revealing the price of goods from the country could increase by up to 23%, triggering a hunt for new sources of supply.