If you consider buying distressed denim products, think again...
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Manual sandblasting of jeans requires just a hose, an air compressor and sand - workers literally blast the jeans with sand, to give them a worn look and to soften the denim.
Silicosis is caused when small particles of silica dust from the sand embed themselves within the lungs.
It causes shortness of breath, coughing, weakness and weight loss. It's incurable - and in its acute form, fatal.
"I believe that distressed denim will be seen as one of the great madnesses of this generation... a sign of fast fashion at its most ridiculous." -Orsola de Castro