Following a campaign on Change.org led by the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace S.p.A 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 process of sandblasting involves workers firing sand under high pressure at jeans. The process has been known to kill workers in garment producing countries like Turkey and Bangladesh, where jean sandblasting is done manually. The large amounts of silica dust generated during sandblasting can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease, as workers inhale tiny particles of silica.
Following pressure from over 1,200 activists, Versace conducted a review of its clothing suppliers and announced that, effective immediately, suppliers would be banned from using sandblasting. Any supplier found to be employing sandblasting as a production technique would be in breach of contract with Versace.According to Versace's Tomaso Galli, "Versace has specifically asked every supplier (and will ask any new supplier as a condition to work with Versace) to certify that they are not using sandblasting." He followed that if any supplier does not abide by this commitment, "they will be considered in breach of contract and dismissed accordingly."
Versace joins Gucci, H&M and C&A in taking a stance against sandblasting and encouraging other jean producers to do the same.
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', luxury Italian brands like Versace have yet to publicly ban sandblasting from their supply chains!
Thousands of lives are at risk... Join us in calling on Versace to ban sandblasting.
Versace: Basta comprare jeans che uccidono
La sabbiatura, che dà al jeans un look 'indossato' o utilizzato, è nota per uccidere i lavoratori nei paesi che producono indumenti come la Turchia e il Bangladesh, dove la sabbiatura dei jeans viene effettuata manualmente.
Il processo prevede che i lavoratori sparino la sabbia ad alta pressione verso i jeans. La polvere entra poi nell'ambiente, esponendo i lavoratori alla silice, che provoca la silicosi nei polmoni. Alla fine, i lavoratori muoiono perché non riescono a respirare più correttamente. Non c'è cura conosciuta.
Alcune grandi marche, come la Levi's, H&M, C&A e Gucci, hanno già abolito i jeans sabbiati nelle loro collezioni. Ma nel 'centro mondiale della moda', i marchi di lusso italiani, come Versace devono ancora bandire pubblicamente la sabbiatura dalle loro catene di fornitura!
Migliaia di vite sono a rischio... Unisciti a noi nel chiedere a Versace di vietare la sabbiatura.