Hardly a piece of clothing in Germany is not as popular as the blue Jeans: you can nearly endless combine and match a casual look as well as to a fancier occasion. But the popular piece of clothing has a shadow side: The pants are often produced under catastrophic conditions in developing countries such as Bangladesh. Workers toil under inhumane circumstances. There is a lack of fair pay, unions, or even simple measures of labour protection.
“Ökotest” has purchased 21 ladies jeans of different providers, including pants from brands such as Esprit, s. Oliver, H&M, Primark, Diesel, Levis and Wrangler. The cheapest pants cost ten euros, the most expensive 150 euros. “Ökotest” wrote to the provider in the connection and asked all of the same 22 questions: From what country are Jeans from? And as to wages, safety and Ecology? Simple answers were the testers did not go through. For all of the information you wanted to see evidence, too.
The result is disappointing: “in Good conscience, we can recommend no jeans,” writes “Ökotest”. 15 pants in the Test with “poor” or “unsatisfactory”. Five jeans models get at least a satisfactory test result, including organic brands such as Armedangels, and Hess Natur. Cut in terms of credibility and transparency is by far the best, according to the testers.
21 Jeans-provider in Test – not a Single one could fair wages prove
Particularly striking was that No single provider was able to demonstrate that pay a living wage. Five companies responded to the critical Demands of the “Ökotest” at all, including big brands such as Diesel, Lee, Mustang and Wrangler.
Better results of the practice test. “All the Jeans are quite robust and do not change during the Wash, significantly,” reports “Ökotest”. 15 pants, the Tester could be the critical color component aniline prove who is suspected of having, carcinogenic to. Aniline comes from the dye Indigo, which provides the jeans of the typical coloring. Affected were both the most expensive (Diesel), as well as the cheapest Jeans (H&M) in the Test.
What is a consumer in the Jeans should consider purchasing? The testers recommend to pay attention to seal of approval such as the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). The former advocate for better working conditions and social standards in the textile industry. The seal of the GOTS identifies products, their production value on Ecology has been placed; so not only are you allowed to, among others, fibers from certified organic cultivation. Before the first to Wear blue Jeans should be washed to remove residues from the production process.
The complete test results are available for a fee here.
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