Armani bans sandblasted jeans but Dolce and Gabbana STILL ignore the call
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:08

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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.

Many companies were quick to ban the process; Gucci, H&M and Levi's for example. Others took longer to adopt a ban while some only recently responded to public pressure - after many months of silence, in July 2011, Versace said they agree that the sandblasting operators who make the finishings on the jeans run unacceptable health risks. Previously they had refused to join the call for a ban and refused to provide details of their production. Armani now joins them with a promise to eliminate sandblasting from their supply line.  

“In regard to the sandblasting finish applied to certain garments, the Armani Group wishes to make clear that this technique has been eliminated from our production processes starting from the autumn-winter 2011/2012 collection that is currently available in the stores worldwide,” Armani announced via Facebook and Twitter.

Sandblasting, a process that involves workers firing sand under high pressure to give jeans a ‘worn’ look, can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease. The process has led to the deaths of scores of workers in garment producing countries like Turkey. is currently hosting a petition calling on Dolce and Gabbana to ban sandblasting which has so far gathered over 38,000 signatures. Dolce and Gabbana is ignoring these signatures and instead have been deleting messages posted on their face book wall supporting a ban.

Even before the launch of the public campaign Dolce & Gabbana had explicitly informed the Clean Clothes Campaign that they have no interest in banning sandblasting, despite conclusive evidence and numerous deaths demonstrating how dangerous the practice is.

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We are still in dialogue with the brands listed below, and other brands, about the actual implementation of the ban, verification of processes at production sites, and medical follow up and financial compensations for workers who have contracted silicosis.

Take action today, and write to these jeans brands to let them know we demand an end to sandblasted jeans right now!


Jeans brands that publicly banned sandblasting

Bestseller (Jack&Jones, Mama-Licious, Name it, Object, Collectors Item, Only, Outfitters Nation, Pieces, Selected, Vero Moda)

Carrera Jeans
Charles Vögele
Levi-Strauss & Co. (Levi's, Dockers, Signature, Denizen)
New Yorker
New Look
Pepe Jeans
The Just Group (Australia) 


Jeans brands that claim sandblasting doesn't take place in their supply chains, but haven't issued a public ban on the practice

Adolfo Dominquez
IC Companies 
(Peak Performance, Tiger of Sweden, InWear, Jackpot, Cottonfield, Matinique, Part Two, By Malene Birger, Saint Tropez, Soaked in Luxury, Designers Remix, COMPANYS, Picturebank)
Holy Fashion Group (Strellson, Joop!, Tommy Hilfiger, Tailored, Windsor)

Roberto Cavalli
Street One
VF Corporation (Lee, Wrangler)
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Jeans brands that claim they will soon stop ordering for sandblasted jeans, but haven't publicly banned it yet.

(Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear)

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Jeans brands that refuse to ban sandblasting or failed to provide inormation on their sandblasting policies.

Dolce & Gabbana

Please sign the following protest letter, that will go out to the companies that refuse to take sufficient action on this issue, and thereby put the lives of thousands of workers at risk!

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Dear Madam/Sir, 

I have just learned about the terrible impact that the sandblasting of jeans is having on the health of those workers employed to do it.

I understand your company has yet to ban this process from its supply chain. I am calling on you to take decisive action to:

  • Announce an immediate ban on sandblasting in your supply chain and issue a public statement to that effect.
  • Develop a robust system for enforcing and monitoring the ban.
  • Provide medical checks for all workers employed and treatment and compensation for those affected by silicosis.

I look forward to hearing that your company has joined the global fight against sandblasting.

Your sincerely, 

[Name, town]

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