For more than 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards have served as one of the most prestigious honors for innovations that are moving the needle within their respective industries. Milliken is humbled to have received a number of R&D 100 Awards over the past several years for revolutionary protective textiles to improved wound-care dressings. This year, we are honored once more to receive a Special Recognition R&D 100 Merit Award for innovation in green technology for Breathe by Milliken™ – the first plant-based, fluorine-free natural and polyester fiber performance fabrics for the home.
The ever-changing Princeton Sentry Ginkgo tree, with its woody attributes and ornamental appearance, has proudly stood in the Milliken Arboretum since the 1990s, a decade where sustainability came into greater focus for the world, and for Milliken. “Green” reminds us of many things, from sustainable building practices to the lush coloring of more than 3,000 green noble trees. No matter its context, green signifies meaningful environmental contributions and intentional growth here at Milliken, which we continue today through both our products and processes. Our goal in doing so is simple: to protect and build a better world for future generations. Discover how the 1990s served as a springboard for expanding Milliken’s almost century-long commitment to sustainability.
This year, Milliken celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Roger Milliken Center, home to our global headquarters and corporate innovation center. Acknowledged upon its opening in 1958 as “one of the most elaborate scientific research centers in the world,” this former peach orchard became a place to centralize the development of new Milliken textile, chemical and flooring innovations. Over 80 percent of Milliken’s accumulated U.S. patents have been developed at the Spartanburg campus, many of which were fundamental in transforming Milliken into a leading global innovation company.
“Sustainability is evolving to encompass more human aspects, namely safety. A commitment to innovation is required to stay at the forefront of it all.” - Paul Pruitt, Senior Director, Corporate EHSE at Milliken & Company
“We designed the arboretum to be around for generations to come, as a reflection of the impact we have on the world.”
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." - Andrew Carnegie
“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others.” – Thomas A. Edison
At Milliken, we take Mr. Edison’s words to heart every time we set out to create and innovate. We also like to take it one step further, by considering not only the service it might give others, but the service it might give our planet as well.
Every day, we surround ourselves with products and materials that can influence our lives in ways seen and unseen. While it can be easy to see how their tangible experiences can enhance our every day, such as the comfort of cushion-backed carpet, more intangible attributes, like a PVC-free construction, can be less obvious yet are equally as important.
“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” - David Orr
From carbon emissions to the sheer consumption of natural resources due to an exponentially growing population, the impact of human actions on the environment is continuing to compound.
As an extension of our commitment to transparent practices and products that ‘do good’ in the world – Milliken’s floor covering division releases an annual sustainability report. The report details Milliken’s global operations, product offering, and overall environmental impact.