29 Feb '12, 8pm

Targeting Better Health: Target Bans Sandblasted Jeans

Targeting Better Health: Target Bans Sandblasted Jeans

It looks like sandblasted jeans may finally go the way of Hammer pants and big bangs . Target announced Tuesday that it will ban sandblasted denim from its stores by the end of this year to help protect garment workers' health. Sandblasting, the process often used to get the oh-so-popular distressed look, uses high-pressure machines to blast sand onto jeans. Silica dust ends up in the air that workers breathe, sometimes causing an incurable lung disease called silicosis . In its study of the process, Target found that it can be "extremely harmful" to workers, even with strict safety standards and protective gear, according to the announcement. The Turkish government banned sandblasting back in 2009 after reports that workers had died as a result. “The safety of factory workers should not be compromised for the sake of fashion,” Jey John, Target's lead fabric engineer for d...

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