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Sandblasted jeans: should we give up distressed denim?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Pablo-T, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Pablo-T

    Pablo-T Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
  2. Timbaland

    Timbaland Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    Wearing those white masks taht cover the nose and mouth don't protect against the silicosis? Anyways, the large majority of people on here wear raw denim so we aren't contributing to this problem. I won't buy any sandblasted jeans.
  3. wispa

    wispa Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    I'm no sandblasting expert but I wouldn't think so. Those cheap masks don't really protect the wearer from much in an sandblasting environment. Fine particles, including germs, can get through them in a highly contaminated area. You'd want a properly fitted charcoal filter mask at minimum and if you want to be really safe, a respirator.

    I'm not sure how the conditions are in China, but normally items are sandblasted in an enclosed container. Still, at some point that container has to be opened and I wouldn't want to be the person to be doing that all year long.
  4. Fycus

    Fycus Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2009
    A good amount of jeans aren't sandblasted anymore with the exception of a few companies. Most are moving to mechanical means of distressing. While it may still have an effect on an environment, don't most manufacturing operations?

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