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, 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.
Struggling UK department store retailer Debenhams today (22 March) revealed it is seeking a cash injection of up to GBP200m (US$263m) from existing lenders - just minutes before Sports Direct International offered to buy its Danish business Magazin du Nord for GBP100m.
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.
British fashion retailer Next Plc saw its shares slip by almost 2% this morning (21 March) despite delivering profits "exactly in line" with its guidance and maintaining its forecast for the year ahead.