There are several ways to make distressed jeans. The problem is that we can’t know when we buy them.

A rather outrageous video that has gone viral these days on TikTok shows how they are made by hand some ripped jeansputting in danger workers’ health. The networks ask that its sale be prohibited. But it’s not that simple.

When you visit a clothing store where a pair of jeans costs 15 euros and a t-shirt costs 5 euros, something doesn’t add up. On the other hand, similar clothes in other stores and from other brands are worth 10 times more.

One of the differences is in the manufacturing methods, which can be brutal and heartbreaking at times. There are factories where clothes are made in subhuman conditions.

The controversy with ripped jeans

the fashion of the torn clothes and worn out It is already a few decades old, but it seems that it is making a comeback among the youngest.

A video of TikTok that shows how ripped jeans are made in a factory without many scruples, it has gone viral on networks, generating enormous controversy. Is this:

You can see a woman making a pair of torn and worn jeans, with a clipperwhich peels the fabric in different places on the pants.

Despite the fact that he wears a mask and glasses, it is perfectly appreciated that tiny fibers slip through their earsby inside the glassesand possibly also between the mask.

It is a rather archaic method, which has led many to ask online that the sale be prohibited of the ripped jeans.

Ban is a word that’s been in vogue lately, and it’s used too lightly. The reality is that you can’t lump all jean manufacturers together. Some brands use laser technology to burn the pants, in a completely safe way for the workers:

The problem is that we, as buyers, we don’t know how jeans were made what do we buy. But if one costs 15 euros and another 80 euros, it is most likely that it is the first one that uses manual methods. Although it is not an infallible rule either.

The reality is that the textile industry is one of more contaminants that exist. Contaminates by artificial materials that you use, contaminates in the manufacturingand pollutes by throwaway culture that it promotes, selling clothes for a few euros that people wear a couple of times, and change it for another.


According to the UN, the textile industry is responsible for the 10% of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, and the 20% of wastewater.

It is not about ban ripped jeans, because as we have seen, there are different manufacturing methods. But you do have to force the clothing manufacturers to guarantee 100% the health and dignity of its workers.

By Lay

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