The global environmental organization Greenpeace has recognized Lithuanian company and Cluter LATIA Export development friend Utenos trikotažas as the first and so far the only textile company in the world to work entirely according to its textiles procurement standard. Greenpeace has already started to produce its own t-shirts at the Lithuanian company. The new Greenpeace standard embodies all existing best practices in terms of zero use of toxic chemicals, fairness and transparency.
Collection after years of suspension
After launching the Detox My Fashion campaign in 2011, Greenpeace announced that it was suspending all sales of textile products “until brands and suppliers can prove through transparent reporting that their clothes are not made using and releasing hazardous chemicals”. Several years later, in 2018, Greenpeace partnered with Utenos trikotažas on a pilot project which led to the development of its new Textiles Procurement Trial Standard in 2019, and has since initiated the first industrial-scale textile production to show that it is possible to produce textiles in keeping with ambitious environmental requirements.
“It’s a historic achievement. Being the first factory in the world to fulfil Greenpeace’s requirements is a real phenomenon and appreciation of our efforts. For a long time Utenos trikotažas has been free from hazardous chemical inputs in all the stages of the production process. We hope that our example will inspire and encourage other textile producers to follow in this direction,” says Petras Jašinskas, CEO of Utenos trikotažas.
Utenos trikotažas has already finished production of the first batch of Greenpeace’s new t-shirt collection and will continue the production later this year.
According to Viola Wohlgemuth, Utenos trikotažas and its partners  have shown that for the first time ever, steps to avoid hazardous chemical use and contamination have been taken across the entire production chain, from fibres in the processing of raw materials, to dyeing and printing according to Detox principles, and finally to the sewing and packaging of high quality, ready-to-wear garments, made to last.
“The Greenpeace textiles procurement standard requires Utenos trikotažas to control the chemicals used via complete testing of the wastewaters released when it bleaches, dyes, washes and prints the cotton. This collection proves that truly clean, fair and completely transparent production is in fact possible. And not in some boutique sewing shop, but at an industrial level,” Wohlgemuth says.
This message has been prepared as part of the project Cluster LATIA Export Development, funded under Measure 3 of Priority 3 “Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Business Competitiveness” of the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program 2014-2020. 03.2.1-LVPA-K-807 Business Cluster LT Project Financing Terms Description Nr. 2