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Monday, February 24 2020 - 17:30
Greenpeace: Utenos trikotazas Becomes the First Producer in the World to Fully Comply With Organization's Environmental Standards
UTENA, Lithuania, Feb. 24, 2020, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

The global environmental organization Greenpeace has recognized SBA Group 
company Utenos trikotazas as the first, and so far the only company in the 
world to work entirely according to its textiles procurement 
.pdf]. Greenpeace has already started to produce its own t-shirts at the 
Lithuanian company. 

"It is the standard for any fashion brand really looking to achieve credibility 
in terms of sustainability. Utenos trikotazas has become the first manufacturer 
to prove it is compliant with these requirements. Under the standard, 
organically farmed natural fibres, production tested free of harmful 
substances, fair pay and transparency are uniquely combined," says Viola 
Wohlgemuth, Greenpeace Consumption and Toxics Campaigner.

Utenos trikotazas has already finished the first batch of Greenpeace's new 
collection and will continue the production later this year. 

"It's a historic achievement. Being the first company in the world to fulfil 
Greenpeace's requirements is a real phenomenon and appreciation of our efforts. 
We hope our example will encourage other textile producers to follow in this 
direction," says Petras Jasinskas, CEO of Utenos trikotazas.

According to Viola Wohlgemuth, Utenos trikotazas and its partners[1] 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 garments, 
made to last. 

"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 adds.

EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius 
congratulated non-governmental and private sector initiatives and achievements 
to make the textile industry greener.

"Textile is one of the main industries that have to become more sustainable 
across the entire production chain and beyond. Textile must become more 
circular, more reusable and recyclable. The Circular Economy Action Plan – an 
important part of the EU Industrial Strategy – will be the roadmap for this 
transformation, but the first ones to follow this path will naturally have a 
competitive advantage in the market," said Virginijus Sinkevicius.

The new Greenpeace standard is an example of best practice for any company 
implementing an ambitious plan to Detox. 

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Source: Utenos trikotazas