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Posted Tue Dec 21 2010: from Deutsche Welle:
Campaigners target sandblasted jeans on health grounds
Consumers looking for a pair of jeans with that special worn look might want to check the label, according to campaigners. The group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is calling for a global ban on the practice of sandblasting, in which denim is sprayed with sand at high pressure to give the material a distressed look. Sandblasting is associated with the disease silicosis - a lung disease caused by fine particles of sand thrown into the air during the process. Turkey was a major producer of sandblasted garments before a ban on the process was implemented in 2009.
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'Doc Michael says:
Then I'll just have to sandblast 'em myself!

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