materials assessment tool, for more sustainable products

21.08.2018 The association for the apparel, footwear, and textile industry, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), San Francisco, CA/USA, has announced an update to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), a tool that enables the apparel, footwear, and textile industry to assess the environmental impact of materials used in global manufacturing.

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Higg MSI, a tool for accurately measuring and scoring a material's environmental impact, now features 80 base materials, including cotton, polyester, and silk. When blended, these account for the majority of all materials the industry currently uses. The update includes a new feature that enables suppliers to share sustainability performance information about their materials with brands and retailers. Calculations account for energy, water, chemistry, and additional impacts used in material production, giving designers greater insight in creating more sustainable apparel.

The SAC, a global industry coalition that is standardizing social and environmental sustainability performance measurement, is constantly improving and expanding the Higg MSI.