Stop the Killer Jeans
  • Petitioned Dolce & Gabbana

This petition was delivered to:

Dolce & Gabbana
Chief Operating Officer, Dolce & Gabbana
Cristiana Ruella
President and CEO, Dolce & Gabbana
Alfonso Dolce

Stop the Killer Jeans

    1. Petition by

      Clean Clothes Campaign

Sandblasting, which gives jeans a 'worn' or used look, is known to kill workers in garments producing countries like Turkey and Bangladesh where jeans sandblasting is done manually. The process involves workers firing sand under high pressure at jeans. Dust then enters the environment, exposing workers to silica, which causes silicosis in the lungs. Eventually, workers die because they cannot breathe properly anymore. There is no known cure. Some major brands, such as Levi's, H&M, C&A and Gucci, have already abolished sandblasted jeans in their collections. But in the 'global center of fashion', Italian luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana have yet to publicly ban sandblasting from their supply chains! Thousands of lives are at risk... Join us in calling on Dolce & Gabbana to ban sandblasting.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Sandblasting jeans comes under fire in Bangladesh

      Suman Howlader was thrilled to land a job in a Bangladeshi factory sandblasting new jeans to make them look old, but he now believes the diktats of fashion have exacted a heavy toll on his health...

      Sandblasting has long been banned in Europe and the United States, but Bangladesh's cheap-labour garment factories still use it to condition jeans for top western brands.

      Gucci, Levi's, H&M and Gap have all vowed to stop selling sandblasted products, while Dolce & Gabbana has been targeted in an Internet campaign to take a similar stance.

      "One day, when I was working, blood started gushing out of my mouth and nose," Howlader told AFP from his hospital bed.

    3. Reached 40,000 signatures
    4. Armani win puts pressure on D&G

      Article about how our recent Armani sandblasting victory puts added pressure on D&G

    5. Armani Bans "Killer Jeans" Following Push by Activists

      The Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani SpA has committed to ban the dangerous practice of sandblasting jeans, a technique used to give jeans a used look which is highly dangerous to workers.
      The news comes after a series of campaigns on

    6. The Guardian article

      Check out the latest press on this campaign by the Guardian!

    7. Reached 30,000 signatures
    8. Dolce & Gabbana Tries to Silence Facebook Activists

      Dolce & Gabbana deleted Facebook wall posts as soon as members led by the Clean Clothes Campaign wrote on the luxury Italian fashion house’s wall, demanding that they stop using a highly dangerous garment production method which...

    9. Jeans Que Matan

      Spanish-language articles on D&G's sandblasting.

    10. Thumbs down for D&G

      Check out the press we've been getting about this campaign!

    11. Reached 25,000 signatures
    12. We need YOU to write on D&G's Facebook Wall

      Write on Dolce & Gabbana's Facebook wall and tell them that sandblasting is not ok. Just visit their Facebook page, click 'like' and then add a comment to a post they have written telling them that we will not tolerate dangerous production practices!

    13. Stopping Dolce and Gabbana's Killer Jeans

      The Situation
      Sandblasting, which gives jeans a 'worn' or used look, is known to kill workers in garments producing countries like Turkey and Bangladesh where jeans sandblasting is done manually.
      When workers fire sand under high pressure at...

    14. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • annoymous beginings MIAMI,FL, FL
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Bruno Ligore FRANCE
      • about 2 years ago

      Pour changer la mode qui tue les gens. C'est inadmisible.

    • angela dawson ORLANDO, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      if you have this type of job it could kill you, not a good job to have.

    • Adriana Olvera SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      People's lives are far more valuable than those overpriced pants... and to top it off, they don't even look that great! The workers who sacrifice their lives for these pants are obviously dying needlessly, and suffering through every day of their work. This must be stopped!

      • about 2 years ago

      Stop the abuse to people in need od work and please stop kids working they should be at school


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