lunedì 30 maggio 2011
No al Sanblasting method: Moda killer o dalla parte dei lavoratori?
The faded jeans, looking lived, not gradually faded from the daily habits and gestures, they can certainly give a nice effect, but few know that they can kill, not those who wear them, but those who produce them. In January 2011 started the international campaign against the process of sandblasting, which the denim, the fabric of the jeans, takes a vintage style. This method, called "sandblasting" the treatment is cheaper and very good from the stylistic point of view because it produces the best results: it consists in firing the sand at high pressure through a compressor, and the worker can then maneuver the effect on tissue very precisely. In short, a little something extra to which the faded denim lovers just can not give up, but that unfortunately has a negative effect unimaginable: the majority of workers engaged in sandblasting method is ill with silicosis. In fact, through the inhalation of dust containing silica sand, is easily contracted this disease, which is irreversible, incurable and often fatal. In Turkey, the process sanblasting began in 2000 and was stopped in 2009 after complaints from trade unions and, unfortunately, when it was estimated with a percentage of silicosis, which exceeded the 50% of workers. The confirmed dead are 44 by November 2010 and despite the Ministry of Health has decided to provide (rightly) free medical care, manufacturers are limited to orders from sand to other countries, as if magically resolved in this way was that the dramatic workers. The campaign against the sandblasting method is carried out by the Clean Clothes, a network of trade unions and nongovernmental organizations in Europe, and met with a wide. Most of the stone-washed jeans sold in Europe would be treated in very poor countries like Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Mexico, and especially without any regard for the rights of workers, laboratories are nothing more than blasting the last link in the chain of production, where the controls are very scarce. Suffice it to say that the "roof" provided for by EU directives for the percentage of silica is 0.5%, while the sand that is used in these countries holds up to 80%, not to mention the complete lack of basic protective measures as simple gloves, suits or masks. What we are aiming this campaign to outlaw blasting, sandblasting, and not to buy jeans in particular put pressure on companies in the textile sector so that abolish this technique, therefore, aims to realize the appeal to big brands, which some have already answered. Levi-Strauss and H & M announced that they will block the sale of jeans sandblasted, Gucci has developed a strategy to abolish the sanblasting method from its factories, and Pepe Jeans has developed over time a "social policy, corporate" approach to health and safety in used to wash the jeans, Pepe Jeans said that factories with which it works do not use aging methods that use sand, but exploiting the water pressure, totally risk-free technique. There was however no response from other big name like Cavalli, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. And 'they who are targeted by the "pocket viral" logo, which is in fact "serious harm to health". So if you happen while shopping for a pair of jeans sandblasted hands, eyes to the back pocket, you may decide for yourself where to apply this label unconventional, not a matter of taste, but for human rights issue, to say just jeans and especially to say that kill just to companies that exploit cheap labor to earn profits at the expense of workers unaware of the risks they face everyday.