22 Jul. 2011
VERSACE SUPPORTS CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST SANDBLASTINGVersace has announced its support for the Clean Clothes Campaign in its mission to end all sandblasting production processes. Versace has declared its commitment respecting the laws in every country in which it operates and to the fair and ethical treatment of all the individuals working for, or in connection with their company worldwide.
Following a comprehensive review that confirmed that no sandblasting is performed by any of its suppliers, as already stated last year, Versace decided to take a more proactive approach and join other industry leaders such as Levi's, Gucci, H&M and C&A to encourage the elimination of sandblasting as an industry practice.
The Italian fashion house bans sandblasting, a finishing process by which workers fire sand manually under high pressure at jeans. The large amounts of silica dust generated during sandblasting can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease, as workers inhale tiny particles of silica.
The Clean Clothes Campaign has now set its sights on the high-end brands Dolce & Gabbana www.change.org/petitions/dolce-gabbana-stop-the-killer-jeans and Armani www.change.org/petitions/armani-stop-the-killer-jeans, both of which still refuse to engage in dialogue about their brands’ sandblasting practices.
Maria Cristina Pavarini
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