Versace joins campaign to end sandblasting, a practice endangering workers' lives & health

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Author: MaxiSciences [France]

La marque Versace ne pratiquera plus désormais les opérations de sablage, potentiellement mortelles pour ses employés, utilisées pour user les jeans dans ses usines. Une campagne menée par Clean Clothes Campaign a semble-t-il beaucoup contribué à l'abandon de cette pratique.... La poussière de silice produite dans cette opération facilite l'apparition de la silicose, une infection pulmonaire qui peut s'avérer mortelle. Au Bangladesh et en Turquie, la Clean Clothes Campaign a mis en lumière des cas de décès causés par des opérations de sablage répétées...CCC rappelle qu'Armani ou Dolce & Gabbana n'en ont pas fait autant [que Versace]...

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22 July 2011

Why Versace is putting workers' health before style

Author: Michael Day, Independent [UK]

Italy's style capital has become the...focus of a battle to save some of the world's poorest textile workers who campaigners claim have died from a widespread industrial technique used to make clothes for the West...Versace...announced that it was throwing its weight behind a campaign to end sandblasting – a manual process used to produce trendy worn-look denim – but which campaigners claim destroys workers' lungs...The company said it carried out a comprehensive review of its suppliers last year and that none of them carried out sandblasting. But...it had "decided to take a more proactive approach and join other industry leaders to encourage the elimination of sandblasting as an industry practice"...The statement marks a victory for campaigners, with big names such as Levi Strauss, H&M and Karen Millen also having pledged to stop selling sandblasted products...[also refers to Diesel]

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