• by Clean Clothes Campaign · 50,195 supporters
Petition Update
Apr 17, 2014

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.

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