In their restless efforts to make the world a better place, the giants are making a tiny little step: H & M and Levi Strauss & Co have recently announced they won’t sell or buy (jeans) products that have been sandblasted.
Sandblasting gives denim that priceless (actually it has a price, in percentage, adding 50% to the value of the product) worn look, however, the process may induce silicosis. The disease, affecting the lungs of the sandblasting workers can be attained by inhaling sand, silica powder and crystals, all of them used in the above mentioned process. The Turkish Health Ministry prohibited the sandblasting practice in 2009, however, sandblasting still occurs in Egypt, Pakistan and Syria. Sure, chemicals and lasers are used to produce the worn effect, however, nothing works wonders like sandblasting. I don’t know about you, but my worn out (through extensive wearing) jeans have a new meaning as of right now! (via)