mercoledì 8 giugno 2011

Killer Jeans

Members of British organisation Labour Behind the Label have just started a very interesting one-week campaign against the practice of sandblasting in denim factories. In order to get their message across, they have hidden leaflets in the jeans pockets of several known brands.
 “Are your jeans causing fatal lung disease?”, the leaflet asks. Bold black letters saying “Sandblasting Kills” look like the kind of warnings you get on cigarette packets. The message contains the group’s website, where people are encouraged to confront their favourite brands about what steps they are taking to stop sandblasting.
Labour Behind the Label has also developed a list that ranks brands and retailers according to their progress towards banning sandblasting in their supply chains. The three worst ranked are Dolce & Gabanna, Armani and Asda Geroge, who are refusing to take action. Gucci, on the other hand, got the most positive feedback and was praised for having issued public statements banning sandblasting, as well as for having implemented the ban by collaborating with trade union representatives in order to address the issue. Other brands such as Benetton, Burberry, C&A, H&M, Levi’s, New Look, Pepe Jeans and Matalan have all communicated a ban, although Labour Behind the Label are going to carefully monitor their progress in implementing the changes.
 The sandblasting process consists of firing sand under high pressure at jeans, giving them a faded or worn out look. However, the problem is that this sand breaks down into fine silica sand particles which workers inhale and can thus often cause chronic, incurable or even fatal lung disease.


mercoledì 23 marzo 2011

"Teenage" Trailer

TEENAGE teaser from Teenage on Vimeo.

the trailer of “Teenage”, a film by Matt Wolf, based on the book “Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture 1875-1945″ (2007) by Jon Savage.

“Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.”