Justin Jin wrote an excellent article for the Guardian Weekend magazine on the conditions of a jean distressing factory. His website has the photo essay in full (the magazine only printed a handful of images) and it's worth a look. It's not going to stop me buying cheap jeans (buying jeans is not the problem, they could be doing this and still protecting the workers health), but it shows how ridiculous it is that there are factories out there damaging people's health just for the sake of something looking pre-worn. Especially when it costs into the three-figures.
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