Utenos trikotazas has committed to eliminate the use of raw materials likely to have adverse effects on humans or the environment from its production chains at all stages of the product life cycle, from the start of production, through packing, to the wearing, washing, sorting and recycling of clothing, by 2020.
Since 2011, Greenpeace, an independent global campaigning organisation, has been actively fighting pollution in the textile industry. Environmentalists have identified 11 groups of chemicals widely used in the textile industry that are of a particular concern due to their effects on humans and the environment. The Detox campaign was launched in 2011 to expose the direct links between global clothing brands, their suppliers and toxic water pollution around the world.
“Ever since 2012, the strategy of Utenos trikotazas has been focused on higher value-added, environmentally-friendly and high-quality products. We have strong customers who value innovative materials and see environmental protection and the effects of the products they buy on the environment in a broad sense as issues of relevance – this is a growing global trend, and we have been consciously and consistently preparing for it,” said Algirdas Sabunas, CEO at Utenos trikotazas.
It took Utenos trikotazas several years to prepare for joining the Greenpeace initiative. Since 2014, it has invested in a variety of laboratory tests and trials, with its professionals devoting a lot of time to reviewing all the production chains and carrying out regular comprehensive assessments of suppliers. The Detox commitment will add to the certifications earned by the company so far in recognition of environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible production.
“Our production has been free from harmful substances for a long time already, and chemical compounds released at different stages of production are within the permissible limits. As soon as it fulfills the requirements set by Greenpeace, Utenos trikotazas will permanently eliminate even the permissible amounts of undesirable substances. Such achievements by vertically-integrated manufacturing companies are a very rare phenomenon. In addition to Utenos trikotazas, there are only a few vertically-integrated manufacturing companies in the entire world that have fulfilled the conditions set by Greenpeace and acquired the right to join the Detox campaign. This is yet another significant step taken by the company in enhancing its distinctiveness in the competitive textile market,” Sabunas added. (RR)
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