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China's eco-tax reins in polluting textile makers

The introduction of an environmental protection tax in China just over a year ago has pushed up the price of textiles produced in the countr...

High cost is slowing denim’s sustainable direction

There has been a marked shift toward more sustainable practices in the global denim industry, from the employment of new finishing technolog...

British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation to require fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across the...

US apparel imports tumble after stockpiling rush

The US experienced a fall in imports during November from nine of its top ten apparel supplier countries. The tenth – China – booked flat gr...

Latest Interviews

VF has a vision for circular supply chains – it just needs them to scale up 1 Feb 2019

Beth Wright

More than a year into its new global sustainability and responsibility strategy, apparel giant VF Corp is helping to drive efforts to lead large scale commercialisation of circular business models. But as Anna Maria Rugarli, senior director of sustainability and responsibility for EMEA at VF International, explains, the current supply chain still lacks many of the key links needed to make circularity work.


Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data 6 Dec 2018

Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies, as Raffaele Duby, sustainable development leader for product and design, tells just-style.

Latest News

US removes Uzbekistan cotton from child labour list 25 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla

The US may be able to start sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan again following the Department of Labor's determination that the use of forced and child labour in the cotton harvest has been significantly reduced.


George at Asda to list second-tier supplier factories 25 Mar 19

Leonie Barrie

George, the fashion and homewares arm of UK supermarket group Asda, is taking a number of steps to improve the ethical and environmental impact of its products – including using only polyester that is sourced from recycled materials by 2025, and publishing a list of its second tier apparel supplier factories.


Jeanologia steps closer to eradicating textile industry discharge 25 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla

Denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia says it has launched a new technology with the potential to "completely eliminate" discharge in the textile industry.


Digital focus helps drive Nike's Q3 growth 22 Mar 19

Leonie Barrie

Nike Inc’s focus on driving speed, innovation and digitisation across its business – its so-called Triple Double strategy – has helped the US sporting goods giant to strong growth during the third quarter.


Top stories this week on just-style... 22 Mar 19

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week were dominated by China, with a look at the impact of an environmental protection tax on the country's textile production, and an Op-Ed from Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), on the consequences of President Trump's "flawed" trade strategy. Meanwhile, the United Nations has officially launched the 'UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion,' and a new tool is being developed to enable greater traceability in garment supply chains.


Tintex joins water-saving textile initiative 22 Mar 19

Beth Wright

Portuguese textile manufacturer Tintex is partnering with non-profit organisation Drip by Drip to develop new textile solutions with the lowest possible water footprint.

Latest blogs

The price of US imports from China continues to fall 19 Mar 19

Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak 11 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%.

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