The SAC’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) is the apparel industry’s most trusted tool to accurately measure the environmental sustainability impacts of materials.

Using the Higg MSI

This easy-to-use tool offers several ways to improve the sustainability of materials used in production.

Assess materials to
understand impacts

Improve the sustainability of your customized materials using data from the 80 base materials available in the Higg MSI. Select better production processes for achieving your company’s material specifications.

Compare materials to make better choices

Evaluate materials side by side to understand environmental tradeoffs between options.

Dive into data

Save materials long-term in a customized material library, see Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) results, and analyze data in an Excel export.

We’re looking at ways to mesh the Higg MSI and Higg DDM data with 3D technology in the initial sampling process so designers can better understand material impacts and ‘design out waste’ in the product development stage.

Kelly Cobb, University of Delaware Assistant Professor, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies

The Higg MSI was developed specially for the textile industry through global industry-wide consensus. Before the Higg MSI, no tool in the apparel industry offered common criteria for life-cycle assessments, methodology, and procedures.

Hidenori Terai, General Manager,
Fibers & Textiles GR & LI Business Planning Dept., Toray Industries, Inc.