Campaign calls for fashion houses to stop using sandblasting, a technique for producing denim with a worn-in look.

This article titled “Dolce & Gabbana in dock over ‘killer jeans'” was written by John Hooper in Rome, for The Guardian on Wednesday 10th August 2011 18.09 UTC

Three of Italy’s best-known fashion houses are being accused of refusing to stop selling “killer jeans” that threaten the lives of workers in the poor countries where they are produced.

The Clean Clothes Campaign began pressing in February for leading fashion manufacturers and retailers to ban sandblasting, a technique for producing denim garments with an artificially worn look. The large amounts of silica dust produced can lead to silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease.

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