Milliken is proud to be part of the 'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear' initiative.

Healthy Seas aims to recover discarded fishing nets from the seas and to regenerate them into high-quality ECONYL® yarn, which is subsequently turned into brand-new products such as Milliken carpets.

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Healthy Seas is an international initiative that recovers the abandoned fishing nets that pollute our seas and coasts. Thanks to the ECONYL® Regeneration System, the recovered nylon is regenerated into high-quality yarn which is then turned into brand new sustainable textiles. Milliken has been using ECONYL® 100% regenerated nylon for many years and now offers over 500 designs and colour options made with ECONYL® fibre.​

According to a joint report by the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), an estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in our oceans each year, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. These nets, sometimes called “ghost fishing nets”, can often be found on and around shipwrecks. The nets remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years. Many marine animals including whales, turtles and birds are captured and killed in the ghost nets, and this has a negative effect on marine ecosystems.

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Maria Giovanna Sandrini, member of the Healthy Seas Steering Committee:

“We are extremely proud to have Milliken on board. Thanks to the support of partners like Milliken, the initiative has the possibility to grow and reach its goals such as raising awareness about the problem of marine litter and possible solutions.”

Alison Kitchingman, Director of Marketing and Design at Milliken:

“In line with our commitment to making a positive impact on workplace health, wellbeing and the environment we are delighted to be a part of the Healthy Seas initiative. Membership enables us to publically demonstrate our support to this worthwhile project as well as contributing to future clean-up operations. Milliken’s journey towards sustainability is always evolving and we are proud to continually challenge ourselves not only to improve, but also to be transparent and fully accountable to all our stakeholders and communities.”


Find Out More

Find out more about the Healthy Seas initiative here.​