Breathless for Blue Jeans

Health hazards in China’s denim factories

In July 2013, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) alongside with War on Want, SACOM and IHLO released this report, which shows that the practice of sandblasting - used in order to give jeans a worn or ‘distressed’ look - is still widespread in China despite most Western brands banning the practice three years ago because of its link to silicosis, a deadly lung disease that has already caused the deaths of many garment workers.