Since our founding in 2005, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has been concerned about the labour conditions of Disney’s supplier factories in China. Our [...]
“Distressed” jeans are designed to make that wear-and-tear look seem oh-so-effortless, but it can be the result of someone’s body taking a real beating.
Demand for ripped, distressed jeans is causing real distress in the garment industry. At least five factories in southern China are still using a widely banned practice of sandblasting—linked to an incurable form of lung disease—to wear out jeans, according to a new report (pdf) by a consortium of workers’ rights groups.
Sandblasting—a way of speeding up the process of wear [...]
[Press release] Denim workers pay deadly price for high street fashion – China factories found using banned sandblasting techniques on blue jeans
Activists will today demand urgent action from governments and companies to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans.
The call comes in a new report into conditions in six denim factories in the Chinese province of Guangdong, a region responsible for half of the world’s entire production of blue jeans.
9 July 2013, Hong Kong
Guangdong province in China is home of approximately half of the world’s denim production supplying garment for popular high street brands like Lee, Levi’s, H&M, Hollister, Wrangler, American Eagle, etc. The recent fashion trend of distressed jeans has however resulted in the widespread use of sandblasting; together with other processing procedures they bring a lot of health hazards to workers.
Sandblasting entails blasting sand under high pressure onto the denim fabric to create a distressed look. This procedure creates a lot of dust that mixes with tattered fabric. Extended inhalation of these particles can cause severe respiratory problems such as silicosis, byssinosis (also known as ‘brown lung disease’), [...]
Report of Mozilla deal shades Apple setback as labour protesters turn up the volume at AGM
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Labour activists make their point at the Foxconn meeting.
The Hong Kong share price of Foxconn International jumped 7.2 per cent, on a day the smartphone manufacturer’s labour practices came under attack by protesters at its annual general meeting.
With yesterday’s spike, Foxconn’s stock has now soared 18 per cent from Monday to HK$3.73 [...]