05 Aug '11, 7am

These D&G jeans are trendy, but making them could cost lives

These D&G jeans are trendy, but making them could cost lives

Trendy 'sandblasted' jeans are not cheap, and not just because of their hefty price tag. The process of sandblasting them has been known to kill workers in countries like Turkey and Bangladesh. According to a report, sandblasting is an abrasive process to smooth or form surfaces whereby sand is blasted under high pressure. The sandblasting process involves the erosive/abrasive process applied to denim by air compressors blowing out sand under pressure in order to bleach and to batter the denim, giving them that trendy used look. In many countries like Turkey and Bangladesh, jeans sandblasting is done manually. Workers aim tubes/guns and fire sand under high pressure at jeans. The sand used to sandblast jeans can contains up to 80% silica, and exposure to silica dust causes silicosis in the lungs as workers inhale the dust. Workers die because they cannot breathe properly a...

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