Posts Tagged ‘Killer Jeans’

Killer jeans are still being made!

April 4, 2012
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Killer jeans quite literally kill! Workers die from sandblasting jeans to give them that faded, worn look.

You can of course get the same look by buying faded second hand jeans, but that does not line the pockets of the greedy fashion industry.

Therein lies the difference between fast fashion and slow fashion. One is driven by greed, the other concerned with sustainability, where clothes come from, how they are made and the impact on people and planet.

In Bangladesh many sweatshops exporting jeans for brands including Levis, Lee, Diesel and Zara continue to sandblast and put workers’ lives at risk.

One factory owner stated that it was impossible to produce some of the designs requested without the use of sandblasting. Indeed workers told researchers from Labour Behind the Label that they are told to switch to using sandblasting, even if a buyer has said it is not be used, if they are too close to production deadlines. Others stated that production was often carried out at night to avoid detection by inspectors and auditors.

Workers interviewed suffered from constant coughing and breathing difficulties. They were using old machinery, and were forced to work up to twelve hours a day in dusty, poorly ventilated rooms, without adequate health and safety protection. Most interviewed had colleagues who had fallen ill.

There is a lack of medical care provided to workers and they face difficulties in getting adequate diagnosis and treatment, in part because of the low awareness of the issue among medical professionals.

This is not acceptable. More has to be done to ensure that brands take action to end all forms of sandblasting.

Killer jeans are still being made
Deadly Denim – Sandblasting in the Bangladesh Garment Industry

Killer Jeans

April 12, 2011

Bangladesh young sandblasting worker with no protective clothing

How distressed is your denim?

Jeans are sandblasted to get that instant, stonewashed, worn look.

Sandblasting kills!

The killer process of sandblasting is risking the lives of thousands of workers around the world today.

Sandblasting causes a slow and painful death!

Over 550 Turkish workers working in sandblasting have been diagnosed with silicosis, a usually fatal lung disease caused by breathing in silicon dust. 46 workers have already died. An estimated 5,000 workers are effected.

Sandblasting has been banned in Turkey, but the practice is widespread in sweatshops around the world.

The clothing industry must implement a worldwide ban on sandblasting, to refuse to buy jeans and denim that has been sandblasted.

Armani, ASDA George, Debenhams, Dolce & Gabana, Matalan and River Island have yet to commit to banning sandblasting and eliminating it from their production. ASDA even advertise sandblasted jeans for sale on their websites.

Please tell them to ban sandblasting with immediate effect and save the lives of their workers.

But a ban, which looks good on paper, is not enough. They must monitor the situation, they must compensate those workers who have suffered industrial injury and disease through the use of sandblasting, provide free medical checks and treatment.

Killer Jeans Campaign
Killer Jeans – Manifesto to end sandblasting