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Milliken joins Well Living Lab

The company becomes a founding member of collaborative research initiative.

29th November 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC


The first of its kind, the Well Living Lab is an exclusively human-centred research initiative focused on understanding the interaction between health and well-being, and indoor environments. The Well Living Lab believes that our society performs better in all aspects of life when people are at their healthiest.

“In exploring, discovering and creating meaningful ways to enrich daily life, Milliken associates are first and foremost innovators with purpose,” said Paul Pruitt, Director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Engineering for Milliken & Company. “Our goal is to purposefully collaborate with the Well Living Lab to better our world in a meaningful manner.”

Contributing to the conversation

In studying the built environment’s impact on human health, the Well Living Lab and its collaborators look to advance the industry’s approach to conceptualising, creating and building indoor spaces. Milliken – as a leading textile and chemical manufacturer, flooring solutions provider and committed wellness advocate – hopes to contribute to this conversation through:

  • Applying material transparency and selection knowledge gleaned from the floor covering industry. Diving into the material make-up of Milliken flooring products allowed for the company to better understand sourcing materials for responsible product development.
  • Advocating for safety and wellness principles.
  • Serving as a resource in health, wellness and environmental matters extending beyond the built environment.

“We are pleased to have Milliken join our Well Living Lab Alliance, and look forward to working and learning together as we uncover scientific findings to transform health and well-being in built environments,” said Brent Bauer, MD, medical director of the Well Living Lab and director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

Experience and innovation

“From conscientious product development to mindful and deliberate sustainability practices, we know that by protecting our planet, we also advance our community in the process,” commented Philip Ivey, Strategic Sustainability Leader for the global Milliken floor covering division. “By stepping forward to contribute to the Well Living Lab, we hope to share what Milliken has learned in the last 150 years in order to enhance the lives of those around us.”

For over 150 years, Milliken has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private US company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles, the company works to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable.

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