20 Jul '13, 1pm

Despite promises to eliminate sandblasting by most major brands, it still goes on in China's denim capital.

If inhaled, the silica dust can cause severe respiratory problems for workers, even resulting in fatal diseases such silicosis and lung cancer in cases of intense or long-term exposure. “Sometimes sandblasting booths are used, but in many cases the work is done manually,” says Dominique Muller, a Clean Clothes Campaign campaigner who helped author the report. “In addition, other techniques used to distress denim include hand-sanding, stone-washing, and various chemical treatments, all of which involve their own risks.”

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