Green Initiatives

Riverdale Mills is committed to environmental responsibility and to ensuring our manufacturing processes never impede the integrity of the environment. Our Green Initiatives Program includes recycling and reducing waste; producing phthalate-free and plant-based products; utilizing renewable resources; and preserving our natural resources. We continuously review and improve our processes to promote sustainability across all areas of our operations.

Recycling – The majority of Riverdale Mills’ products are made from steel, the most recycled material in the world. Almost 100% of the steel used in the manufacturing of our wire mesh products is recycled. In addition, Riverdale collects and recycles all of its scrap metal, wood, plastic and paper to significantly reduce waste.

Phthalate-Free PVC – Riverdale Mills has developed an extensive library of phthalate-free PVC compounds during the the last 42 years. Many of our PVC coated wire mesh products are manufactured using our proprietary, phthalate-free marine grade PVC.

USDA Certified Biobased Products – In 2015, Riverdale Mills was awarded the USDA BioPreferred Label for its MarineMax PVC coating. MarineMax is a thermoplastic, bio-based fusible coating made from renewable plant based materials that is compounded with thermoplastic resins, pigments and stabilizers. MarineMax was invented by Riverdale Mills to provide an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plasticizer offerings.

Sustainable Manufacturing – Riverdale Mills uses water from the Blackstone River to generate a portion of its electricity and run its machines with hydroelectric power. Riverdale also uses natural gas fired diesel generators to heat the plant and generate additional electricity, thereby reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Wildlife Conservation – Conserving the natural habitat surrounding the Mill has always been a top priority for Riverdale. In 1979, as part of the initial restoration of the mill, the Knott family restored and rebuilt the existing dam and re-hydrated the millpond. The continuing pond restoration has provided a thriving habitat for wetland plants, trees and animals, has allowed for the ponds biodiversity to flourish, and has created a safe environment for a variety of fish, reptiles and birds, including bald eagles.

LEED Credits – Riverdale products are used in construction projects throughout North America to earn credits toward LEED certification; the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Credits are applied for Recycled Content and Regional Materials.

For more information on our products and LEED credits please contact a member of our sales team at 1.508.234.8400.