Ethics And Fashion

Ethics And Fashion

Ethics & Fashion
Jean Manufacturer: “Good” and “evil” in the test

Of the 13 companies were not prepared to co-seven, H & M, Zara and Jack & Jones are relatively active

The production conditions during manufacture, the Jean Association for Consumer Information in cooperation with eight other European consumer organizations under the microscope. The focus was the manufacture of trousers – cutting, sewing, finishing and delivery, upstream stages as cotton and fabric production were not considered.

We tested a total of 13 jeans brands, or retailers with own Jean lines. Seven manufacturers (Diesel, Lee, Wrangler, Hugo Boss, Kuyichi, KiK, 7 for all mankind) showed no response or refused to cooperate, six companies (H & M, Zara, Jack & Jones, Levi’s, Nudie Jeans, G Star Raw) were willing to answer extensive questionnaires and allowed the visit of production.

Generally, there are loud VKI major shortcomings in the production, the wet processing (grinding, spraying, sand blasting, resin or laser treatment) carries a high health risk. In the factories there are too few health checks, it lacks of efficient exhaust and ventilation systems.

Need for improvement

Of the companies tested the best corporate policy is at H & M, in the field of social policy to follow Zara and Levi’s. In environmental matters, it is Jack & Jones and followed again Levi’s.

Generally great need for improvement is seen, even in those companies that showed cooperative, there were defects such as poorly paid overtime or poor supervision of Produktionsbedigungen. The results of the tests are detailed in the July issue of the magazine to read consumer.

Partial success for Clean Clothes

When it comes to sand blasting technique that can lead to massive manufacturing plants in many health risks of workers, the organization can point to a success of their Clean Clothes Campaign: Since 8 April, World Health Day, were thousands of protest emails sent to companies were to continue using the sandblasting technique. The New Yorker and chains Orsay announced a few days ago that they want to abstain from this processing method. By sand blasting will be awarded a second-hand jeans look. The quartz-containing sand can be used here come from a lack of protective clothing in the lungs of workers, which leads to the incurable disease silicosis.

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