The past year has been full of many milestones at Milliken - from celebrating our 150th anniversary as a company and introducing innovative color- and art-inspired collections to enhancing our sustainability efforts. Here are a few of our favorite moments as we reflect on an exciting 2015 and look forward to the New Year ahead.
Over the last year, Milliken celebrated a host of milestones in our sustainability journey, including introducing our inaugural sustainability report and increasing the recycled content of our standard modular carpet collections by 8 to 10 percent. As we embark on the New Year, we are excited to continue that journey and extend our commitment to environmental stewardship. Collective efforts, big and small, matter. Here are a few tips to help you embrace greener living in 2016.
At Milliken, our driving purpose, to ‘do good,’ extends to our associates, our communities, and the people who comprise them. In October, Milliken & Company’s headquarter community, the cities and counties neighboring Spartanburg, South Carolina, found themselves in need when a record-breaking flood struck the entire state of South Carolina. Countless families were affected by power outages, flash floods, and rising water levels that threatened their safety as well as their homes and possessions. Milliken donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in flood relief and recovery efforts. In addition, employees at each of our 37 U.S. facilities collected supplies to deliver to the Red Cross.
Creating sustainable floor covering solutions extends beyond green operations of a manufacturer. It encompasses the activities of suppliers who provide various materials used to construct the flooring – from recycled content in cushioning to the yarn face fibers.
The preservation of our environment hinges on conserving finite natural resources, like water, while minimizing outputs that do not breakdown naturally, like waste.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” It seems easy and simple enough – but can a single act truly make a difference? We have seen that the power of just one reclamation project can indeed make an exponential impact.
The Milliken family of companies has practiced sustainability and environmental stewardship for over a century. Now, in an effort to provide the public with a transparent, inside look at our goals, progress, and achievements to date, our Floor Covering Division launched its first-ever sustainability report.