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by Paul Roeland published 17-06-2015 last modified 19-01-2016 13:08 — filed under:
The Killer Jeans Campaign, launched in November 2010, called on major brands and retailers to stop sandblasting, a method of giving jeans a worn-out look. The process can seriously damage workers’ health if performed without suitable protective equipment. Over 40 major brands and retailers have issued a ban on sandblasting but, as Dominique Muller explains in this article from September 2012, garment workers are still being asked to risk their lives for fashion.
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Campaigners demand an end to sandblasting
by emma published 09-07-2013 — filed under: , ,
Campaigners today, July 9th, held a demonstration outside the Hong Kong flagship store of Hollister demanding the company do more to end sandblasting in the garment industry.
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Killer Jeans still being made
by geertjan published 29-03-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: ,
New research shows that sandblasting continues in high street production. A new report, Deadly Denim, released by the Clean Clothes Campaign, found that large factories exporting jeans overseas continue to use sandblasting.
Located in News / / 03 / 29
Armani bans sandblasted jeans but Dolce and Gabbana STILL ignore the call
by geertjan published 14-09-2011 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , ,
After a long standing campaign launched by Clean Clothes Campaign in November 2010 and a recent petition hosted by, Giorgio Armani SpA agreed to ban the dangerous practice of sandblasting jeans, a technique used to give jeans a used look which is highly dangerous to workers.
Located in News / / 09 / 14
Pressure builds on Dolce & Gabbana to ban sandblasting
by geertjan published 08-08-2011 last modified 25-04-2013 13:32 — filed under: , ,
Clean Clothes continues to focus on the remaining brands which have not responded to our call for banning sandblasting or whom have refused to communicate with us. They mostly happen to be Italian luxury brands – Roberto Cavalli and Dolce and Gabbana.
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Versace deletes Facebook protests on sandblasting
by geertjan published 07-07-2011 last modified 25-04-2013 13:29 — filed under: ,
The luxury Italian brand Versace de-activated its Facebook wall after activists posted dozens of messages demanding that the company ban sandblasting. Scores of other denim producing brands have already publicly banned sandblasting, a technique which can kill the workers involved, but Versace, along with Armani, Dolce & Gabbana have failed to address the issue or even enter into a dialogue with CCC.
Located in News / / 07 / 07
Versace announces it will join the global ban on sandblasting
by geertjan published 21-07-2011 last modified 25-04-2013 13:30 — filed under: , , ,
After an intensive campaign launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign and recently hosted by, the Italian textile brand Versace has just announced that it will join other denim manufacturers around the globe in calling for a ban on the practice of sandblasting.
Located in News / / 07 / 21
Stop the Killer Jeans!
by geertjan published 13-02-2011 last modified 29-04-2013 15:55 — filed under: ,
After much publicity on an Italian TV-show, Roberto Cavalli has issued a very terse statement saying they are not currently using sandblasting. Not exactly a public ban, but a start...
Located in News / / 02 / 13
Killer Jeans - Manifesto to end sandblasting
by geertjan published 18-11-2010 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: ,
The Clean Clothes Campaign has launched an appeal on jeans producers to stop sandblasting their products. Sandblasting can cause an acute form of the deadly lung disease silicosis. The practise puts the lives of thousands of sandblasting operators at serious risk. It's often performed in small workshops in the informal sector in jeans-producing countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, China, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. Almost all of the jeans sold in Europe are produced in these countries. In Turkey alone, 46 documented cases of sandblasters contracting silicosis and dying have been registered. This is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg.
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File PDF document Deadly Denim: Sandblasting in the Bangladesh Garment Industry
by Paul Roeland last modified 13-01-2016 14:31 — filed under: ,
Sandblasting has become the key method for finishing most modern jeans requiring that ‘worn-out’ look. Under the sandblasting process the denim is smoothed, shaped and cleaned by forcing abrasive particles across it at high speeds. The process is fast and cheap and demand for pre-worn denim has led to a massive rise in its use. But this fashion comes at a price: the health and even the lives of sandblasting workers. The Deadly Denim report from March 2012 describes the true cost of these blue jeans.
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