Lithuania: Utenos trikotažas the largest textile manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe committed itself to eliminating by 2020 any 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. This year has officially joined the Detox campaign of Greenpeace.
The Detox campaign involves 78 companies from around the world, including Valentino, Benetton, Levis and other. Utenos trikotažas, a part of SBA group, is the first Lithuanian company involved in the campaign. The Detox commitment will add to the certifications earned by the company so far (e.g. Global Organic Textile Standard, Organic Content Standard, etc.) in recognition of environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible production.
Their 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 fulfils the requirements set by Greenpeace, Utenos trikotažas will permanently eliminate even the permissible amounts of undesirable substances – such achievements by vertically-integrated manufacturing companies are a very rare phenomenon.