reducing our impact on the environment

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.


At Milliken, sustainability is core to our culture. We believe a healthy enterprise and healthy earth are vitally linked. We care about and respect each other, our customers, and the world we share. While we hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards, we derive our greatest satisfaction from creating innovations that help solve the worlds’ problems at a human level – adding value to people’s lives, improving health and safety, and making this world sustainable.



All proprietary equipment is engineered for efficiency. Sensors monitor power and water usage by the second. Our products are scrutinized using Life Cycle Analysis against the ISO 14040 Environmental Management Standard before they make it past the drawing board. This ensures that everything we produce and our customers use meet the highest environmental standard.


With the world's largest private textile research facility, Milliken uses deep science, unique insights and 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 to delivering products and services that are better solutions for our customers, communities, and environment.


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. All our LaGrange, GA manufacturing facilities are ISO-14001 – the highest global standard for environmental responsibility, and we were the first U.S. company to obtain carpet manufacturing certification for the ISO 9000 Series Standard for quality management.