Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Target to stop offering sandblasted denims by 2012-end
Target to stop offering sandblasted denims by 2012-end
01
Mar '12
Global retail chain Target has announced that by close of the current year it would cease selling all products that have been sandblasted.

Sandblasting is a technique wherein crystalline silica is blast onto blue jeans or other fabrics with help of high-pressure machines to give them that faded look.

According to the Netherlands-based advocacy group Clean Clothes Campaign, which works for betterment of working conditions in world garment industry, though sandblasting bestows the jeans with a cool look, it certainly negatively impacts the garment workers engaged in the process, as breathing the air at a place where sandblasting is going on can cause deadly lung disease called silicosis.

Patty Reber, Director of Raw Materials Development for Product Design and Development at Target, said even while adhering to strict safety norms and with all the protective measures, garment workers are still exposed to negative consequences of sandblasting.

The Minneapolis-based retailer, which runs 1,762 outlets, has collaborated with Sustainable Apparel Coalition to probe into alternatives for sandblasting.

Target's move comes after similar announcements made by San Francisco based Levi Strauss & Co. and Swedish retailer H&M, who in September 2010 pooled resources to exercise a ban on sandblasting in their future products across the globe.

As per the analysis of the International Textile Garment and Leather Worker's Federation, 40 of around 7,000 workers who were exposed to crystalline silica in Turkey, died between 2005 and 2009, following which, in 2009 the Turkish Government imposed a nation-wide ban on use of crystalline silica.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Strong rupee & weak trade to affect textile exporters

Textile and apparel exporters' earnings and EBITDA margins will be...

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Myntra acquires InLogg

With an aim to strengthen supply chain and logistics, Flipkart-owned...

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Aditya Birla Group launches new variant Liva Crème

After its successful launch of high quality fabric Liva in 2015,...

Interviews View All

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek
Kannbar

‘Blending cultures is the true beauty of fashion, where one’s imagination...

Anshul Sood
Oceedee

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Spokesperson
Hugo Boss

'Hugo Boss works with carefully selected sourcing partners'

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search