Denim News: CNN Report on Denim Pollution in China

by Jaime on April 29, 2010

It’s hard to watch things like this, but the issues with pollution from the denim industry are real… and they need to be changed.

Pollution in the Pearl (the darker water is from dye/processing waste)

How can you do your part? Know where you’re buying your denim from… and what manufacturing companies are playing a part. And learn more about ways you can do something to change how some of these denim brands work. But, more than anything…

BE INFORMED! You’d be amazed at how many options you really have if you spend the time to check them out.

Do you do anything personally to ensure that your denim isn’t part of the cycle of destruction? Share your tips – and favorite eco-friendly brands – in the comments below.


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Sarah April 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm


So great to see you covering stories like this one! It’s easy to get lost in all the fashionable details of style without thinking about the consequences of our habits. Thank you, thank you!


sandy April 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm

It’s not just the dye that’s a problem. It’s also the water consumption. One pair of jeans normally uses over 1,800 gallons. ONE PAIR. It’s irresponsible not to reuse the water. But China is just one big cog in the whole polluted scheme.

Ever wonder what goes into leather jackets, hand bags and shoes??? I know it’s not part of your blog, but by considering where other parts of an outfit come from, we as a society might end up being much better off than we are now.


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