Educating the next generation

It is important to practically decrease textile waste to save Earth’s limited resources. But it is equally important to educate the next generation about sustainable consumption habits. This is what we have done to address these issues in our own garment factory in Latvia.

In the small Latvian town of Tukums, we have something very unique – our own garment factory called Prodem. It is not at all a regular factory; rather, it is a factory that has been fine-tuned to deliver workwear to customers fast and based only on their needs. This helps us to fight against textile waste, which is a huge problem globally.

In Europe, we deliver around 20 percent of our workwear from Tukums, so we really can have impact through having the production in our own hands.

Textile waste can be used creatively

Garment manufacturing is mainly handicraft work, but there are also processes that can be automated and optimized, such as cutting. With optimized cutting, we are able to generate only a minimum amount of textile waste. And we donate these scraps to local schools and kindergartens. This is our way of helping to save the planet and educate children through the creative usage of textile waste.

Education about textile waste and sustainable textile consumption may seem like a small step in the big picture, but it can actually have a huge impact on people’s thinking and attitude.

“We at Lindström are over 4000 employees, and each of us is a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, neighbor or godparent to some young people. We can start a conversation with the children in our lives about the problems faced in the textile industry and what each and every one of us could do about it. We are amazed by the ideas these kids have, many of which we would never have thought of ourselves,” says Inga.

Decreasing textile waste by producing workwear only on demand


As part of our long-term commitment to sustainability, Lindström is fighting to reduce textile waste in many ways. One way of doing this is to manufacture workwear based on need only, not on stock, with the ultimate goal of reducing the main stock considerably.


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