A while back I blogged about the awful practice of sandblasting jeans that are used by a number of retailers, including Dolce & Gabbana.
Sandblasting creates that worn/washed out look that is currently very in vogue. Workers create this look by firing sand at high pressure at the jeans. The problem is that the workers end up inhaling a lot of silica dust created during the sandblasting. It can cause terrible lung disorders and has been known to kill in months.
Many High Street brands – including Levis, H&M, C&A and Gucci – have already abolished the practice. However, Dolce & Gabbana are refusing to budge. They were contacted by the Clean Clothes campaign, who were explicitly told that, despite the evidence they had no intention of banning sandblasting.
Inspired by Veronica from Rewardrobe I went on to their Facebook page to ask them to stop sandblasting. They deleted both Veronica’s and my comments immediately. So I left another and this time did a screengrab of it before it could be deleted so I could share it with you.
Putting aside the complete unethical nature of sandblasting, D&G’s refusal to engage in any kind of debate about this is shocking. I will continue to keep asking them about sandblasting, leaving comments on their Facebook wall if I have to. I would urge you to do the same. Even if they delete them at least they’re getting the message that people aren’t prepared to tolerate this awful practice.