With the tagline coming from “Planet Earth, The Universe,” Polartec, a Milliken & Company brand, recently underscored its dedication to building a more sustainable future as it pursues the 2025 People, Product and Planet Goals, including certified science-based net-zero targets. Aligning with Milliken’s commitments to transparency and sustainability, as outlined in the recent publication of its sixth annual sustainability report, Polartec remains committed to putting innovation and environmental responsibility at the at the heart of its efforts.

The Milliken & Company 2023 Sustainability Report discloses performance against the diversified global manufacturer’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and Net-Zero Targets and details the company’s key impacts across its people, product, planet and net-zero measures. It also includes updates on each of the key impact areas Milliken and Polartec adhere to, including: 

  • People: The company focused on protecting associates by reducing lost-time incidents, strengthened its commitment to an inclusive supply chain by hosting its inaugural Supplier Diversity Event and surpassed its goal of serving 100,000 community volunteer hours one year ahead of schedule.
  • Product: Milliken used sustainability assessments to analyze all new products and made measurable gains in its multi-year commitment to address end-of-life challenges for plastics.
  • Planet: Investments in cogeneration, energy efficiency, and renewable energy procurement are keeping the company ahead of schedule relative to its 2025 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Renewable Energy Goal; however, paths to achieve its 2025 Landfill and Water Reduction Goals have proven more challenging.
  • Net-Zero: Five years of progress on GHG and renewable goals have helped Milliken progress toward its 2030 scope 1 and 2 net-zero targets, and the company has improved its scope 3 accounting to allow for a more detailed and accurate perspective on value chain emissions.

“Our commitment to environmental responsibility is an intrinsic part of everything we do at Polartec, which is why we are proud to be aligned with Milliken’s sustainability commitments,” explains Ramesh Kesh, SVP Milliken and Company and Business Manager at Polartec. “It is our duty to protect our Planet, safeguard our People and to reduce the impact of our Products.  We commend Milliken’s steadfast dedication to fostering a more sustainable future within our industry and beyond.”

As emphasized by Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken, “Milliken’s sustainability commitments are marked by steady progress — sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but always moving toward our purpose of making a positive impact for generations to come. In our annual sustainability report, we share what’s working, embrace what we’ve not yet solved, and stand strong in our belief that meaningful progress is possible. This is no small task, and we recognize all who are on this journey with us.” 

Read more about Milliken’s 2023 Sustainability Report: https://www.polartec.com/about/milliken-company-sustainability-report-2023