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Milliken & Company: Global Industry Leader in the Sustainable Manufacturing of Performance and Protective Textiles

Milliken & Company is a global industrial manufacturer that has been solving everyday problems with innovative solutions for over 150 years. Their research, design, manufacturing and consulting expertise span multiple markets, including floor coverings, specialty chemicals, and performance and protective textiles.

In 2020, in light of the demand for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect America’s frontline workers, Milliken pivoted their in-house capacities to produce fabrics for advanced medical PPE.

Milliken’s standard products are woven and knitted protective textiles used in uniforms in the dental, education and hospitality industries. Milliken integrates high-quality cotton into several fabric blends, such as their UltraSoft® fabric line by Westex®: A Milliken Brand used in firefighting uniforms and luxury performance fabrics used in high-end hotel interiors.

They use sustainably grown and processed cotton for their fabric from suppliers whose operations align with Milliken’s ethical standards.

Milliken’s 2020 Sustainability Report reveals exactly why they are one of six enterprises awarded the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies for 15 consecutive years by Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing ethical business practices.

Milliken’s dedication to planet, product, and people goes above and beyond conventional manufacturer expectations. Through concerted efforts to achieve nine of the 2025 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Milliken is improving its sustainability metrics and protecting the environment by reducing indexed greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and solid waste by 25 percent, and achieving ZERO waste to landfill or environmental violations while increasing renewable energy usage to 100,000 MWh.

Milliken’s teams of scientists, engineers, and human resource managers are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to advance product circularity, such as solving plastic’s end-of-life challenges, as well as caring for the safety and social wellbeing of their employees and the communities where they operate.

Milliken is a proud member of the COTTON USA Sourcing Program. For more information, visit

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