By  on September 8, 2010

Levi Strauss & Co. and Hennes & Mauritz are trying to take the messy and potentially deadly process of sandblasting out of fashion.

The firms said they would not place any more orders for sandblasted goods and called on the rest of the apparel industry to follow their lead. Although Levi’s and H&M take steps to protect their workers from exposure to crystalline silica, a compound found in sand, they will stop using the technique to distress denim and other apparel by next year.

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