As early as 1900, Milliken was reusing packaging and textile materials in our operations and documented our first recycling policy. By the late 1900's Milliken developed a comprehensive plan to eliminate waste, increase product performance and preserve resources — years before the first clean air and water acts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were formed. By 1960, we had established a more formal environmental policy to reduce our impact on the environment. This stewardship still guides our daily choices and influences innovations in product design, raw material selection, manufacturing operations and marketing and merchandising materials.


Sustainability is at the core of Milliken’s philosophy to ‘do good’ for the world. We believe that a healthy enterprise and a healthy earth are vitally linked, and we hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards. We derive greatest satisfaction from the development of products and services that make a positive impact on the world.

Our innovation process is centered on ‘doing good’, creating products and services that add value to people’s daily lives, improve health and safety and ​help to make the world more sustainable. 

We have made great progress toward achieving our goals to reduce our environmental footprint but the journey to sustainability is constantly evolving. We continually challenge ourselves not only to improve, but also to be transparent and fully accountable to all our stakeholders and communities.


Learn more about our sustainability efforts by viewing, “The intersection of ethics and transparency – Edition Four”.

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Highest Environmental Standards

All proprietary equipment is engineered for efficiency. Sensors monitor power and water usage by the second. Our products are scrutinised using Life Cycle Analysis under the Environmental Management Systems before they make it past the drawing board. This ensures that everything we produce, and our customers use the highest environmental standard.


Better Solutions For Our Customers, Communities, and Environment

With the world's largest private textile research facility, Milliken uses deep science, unique insights meaningful design to tackle today's tough issues and concerns. In recent years our researchers have focused on creating innovations that eliminate waste, increase product performance, preserve resources and shorten the journey to sustainability. Innovation is the key driver delivering products and services that are better solutions for our customers, communities, and environment.


Four Decades Of Excellence

Four decades of worldwide site-based environmental management systems guarantee that we remain beyond compliance for safety and environmental impacts. All U.S. plants are certified as OSHA VPP STAR and all global locations meet or exceed safety regulatory standards. Our Sydney, Australia manufacturing facility is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001– the highest global standard for environmental responsibility.