ENVIRONMENT

ONTERA'S ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

Ontera Modular Carpets has an extensive history of environmental leadership across all aspects of the business. Our manufacturing facility has always achieved independent certification for our local environmental initiatives and all materials within Ontera carpet tile products meet stringent quality and environmental standards.

Ontera’s locally made products are recognised under the Environmental Classification Scheme run by the Carpet Institute of Australia and contribute maximum credit points under key categories for Green Star buildings. Similarly, all Milliken products meet the highest level of quality, are certified by internationally recognised Environmental programs (eg Declare, UL Environment, ISO 14001) and are recognised and approved for Green Star credit by both The Green Building Councils of Australia and New Zealand.

As Ontera is now a member of the Milliken family of companies we are pleased to be part of one of the world’s most sustainable and ethical companies.

Detailed below is the Milliken Sustainability story.

MILLIKEN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Milliken’s Environmental Policy, adopted in November 1990, established a goal of zero waste to all media. Our goal is the elimination rather than reduction of all solid waste, hazardous wastes and emissions. This policy guides environmental decision-making and calls for preferring all other means of disposal before using the landfill. To date, the company diverts 99% of all of the company’s waste away from landfills and to places where it could be re-used or recycled. In addition, we actively seek and use alternative energy to power our manufacturing plants, such as methane gas produced by local landfills.

SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE

“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.”

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GLOBAL CARBON-NEGATIVE STATUS

Today, the Milliken family of companies is one of the world's most responsible manufacturers. In fact, The Milliken family of companies has been certified with the global carbon negative status by the respected Leonardo Academy through their Cleaner and Greener® Program - a status we earned without purchasing carbon credits.

This carbon negative" certification means we capture and offset more carbon dioxide than our global operations emit. In fact, our annual offsets are more than 3 million metric tons of CO2 — more than 5 times our annual global emissions. We have achieved this through a combination of deliberate and rigorous business practices which includes:

  • Capturing CO2 through the sustainable management of more than 130,000 acres of trees in Milliken forest
  • Offsetting emissions through the use of renewable energy
  • Reducing emissions through an energy management system that includes energy audits and conservation

BEYOND COMPLIANCE

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 Milliken 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.

Milliken is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and supports World Green Building Council activities.

 

RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURING

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.

CONTINUOUS INNOVATION

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.

OVER A CENTURY OF STEWARDSHIP

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.