26 Jul '11, 2pm

Versace bans sandblasted jeans, joins Levi's, H&M, C&A and Gucci. Good win for garment workers.

Versace bans sandblasted jeans, joins Levi's, H&M, C&A and Gucci. Good win for garment workers.

Petition screenshot. Photo: courtesy Change.org Versace joins Levi's, H&M, C&A, and Gucci in banning the sandblasting process that involves workers firing sand under high pressure at jeans. Workers are exposed to silica, which can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease. Workers in Turkey and Bangladesh have been killed as a result of this process. Versace was not using sandblasting before the campaign, according to a Versace spokesperson, however, they have decided to "take a stand" against the practice. Any supplier found to be employing sandblasting as a production technique "will be considered in breach of contract and dismissed accordingly," said Versace's Tomaso Galli in a letter to Change.org. He continues, below. Following more recent CCC's comments on Versace's practices, the company decided to study the issue in depth again and concluded, in agree...

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