sandblasting

Secret Sandblasting by Chinese Denim Factories Exact Deadly Toll

Many Western denim brands may have declared sandblasting verboten years ago, but the controversial—and often deadly—denim-distressing technique still occurs covertly behind locked…

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Apparel Brands Are Still Making "Killer" Sandblasted Jeans Despite Bans

Photo by Shutterstock Despite voluntary bans by major apparel brands, sandblasting is still widely practiced in the largely unregulated overseas denim industry, according to a new…

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Target to Stop Selling Sandblasted Jeans by Year's End

Target is the latest retailer to put the kibosh on sandblasting, a denim-weathering technique linked to a fatal lung condition in its operators. Following the lead of Levi’s,…

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Replay Jeans Introduces Water-Free "Laser Wash" for Denim

The denim industry is a thirsty, energy-intensive beast, but a new treatment technology by Replay Jeans could reproduce the supple, broken-in look of vintage denim without the heavy…

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Versace Bans "Killer" Sandblasted Jeans After Activists Push for Change

Versace is finally putting the kibosh on sandblasting its jeans. After two months of pressure from the Clean Clothes Campaign and Change.org, the Italian fashion house has officially…

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Versace Shuts Down Facebook Wall After Anti-Sandblasters Swarm Site

Versace deactivated its Facebook “wall” today after activists posted dozens of messages condemning its continued practice of sandblasting jeans. Despite public…

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Turkish Denim Factory “Sandblasts” Jeans With Laser Beams

Photos by Quinn Dombrowski A denim factory in Turkey has nixed the sandblasting system known to cause fatal lung conditions in its workers. To give its jeans a weathered, broken-in…

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