What is sandblasting?
Sandblasting is a technique used on jeans and other fabrics to create a worn look. Compounds used in this process have been found to be harmful to the health of workers by damaging lungs and possibly causing a fatal lung disease. Levi’s and H&M, two major companies, are banning the use of sandblasting on their products.
“At Levi Strauss & Co., we’ve implemented rigorous standards for sandblasting in our own supply chain but we decided that the best way to help ensure no worker – in any garment factory – faces the risks associated with exposure to crystalline silica is to move to end sandblasting industry-wide,” said David Love, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. “We’re proud to join with H&M today in a commitment to apparel workers world-wide and we urge other companies to join us in ending this practice.”
You can read the whole press release here (pdf).
Thumbs-up to H&M and Levi’s for taking this step and being role models in terms of the safety and health of their workers. Levi’s especially has been stepping up its game lately in terms of changing the way they create a product. First their Curve ID line, then with Water<less jeans, and now this ban on sandblasted products.
I applaud Levi’s and H&M. Thanks for showing consumers that big companies DO care about their workers. What do you think about this step they took? Hopefully more brands follow suit, and soon.