Stop the Killer Jeans!
Sunday, 13 February 2011 17:56


last updated - August 2, 2012 -
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...

A few months since we started our urgent appeal against sandblasted jeans, many companies have approached us and are bringing this dangerous process to an end.

However,  Dolce & Gabbana, and others still refuse any dialogue with the CCC or they fail to provide us with the necessary information.

Sandblasting, which gives jeans a 'worn' or used look, is known to kill sandblasting operators in garments producing countries, and thousands of lives are at risk. For an overview of brands that refuse to take immediate action on this urgent problem, see the list below.

Some major brands, such as Levi's, H&M and C&A, have already abolished sandblasted jeans in their collections. The others should take their responsibility too!

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!


More information on jeans sandblasting here.

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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)
Varner Group (Dressmann, Cubus, Carlings, Bik Bok, Urban, Solo, Volt, Vivikes, Wearhouse and Wow)


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]

New Look

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