They can be used during a product’s design phase to understand its predicted impact. They can also be applied upon a product’s completion for a more accurate environmental impact calculation. Higg product tools offer brands and manufacturers information to make better choices at every stage of a product’s development.

Higg MSI

Materials play a significant role in a product’s lifetime sustainability impact.

Higg DDM

Designers and developers can control upwards of 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact.

 

Higg PM

The Higg Product Module will assess the environmental impact a product makes throughout its life-cycle.

Higg Materials Sustainability
Index (MSI)

Materials play a significant role in a product’s lifetime sustainability impact. Selecting which materials to use is one of the first steps in a product’s development. Making informed choices at this early stage can have dramatic benefits, especially when that product is produced at industrial scale.The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) offers users insight into the sustainability of hundreds of thousands of materials used globally in manufacturing. Applying trusted metrics and methodology, the tool assesses a material’s impacts and scores the results.

Apparel, footwear, and textile companies collect extraordinary amounts of information from their supply chains, but use different methods and approaches to understand the environmental impacts of the materials used to make their products. The Higg MSI allows users across the value chain to compare materials in a standardized way. The tool offers users trusted data, so sustainable materials choices are easy to make.

Designers and developers can control upwards of 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact. The best moment to make low-impact choices about materials and production is at the beginning of the creative process.

The Higg Design & Development Module (Higg DDM) engages designers and developers during the early concept and design phases, by assisting them to consider better materials and construction techniques that can improve the impacts of a product’s entire life-cycle before that product is created.

Higg Design & Development Module (DDM)

Higg
Product Module

The Higg Product Module (Higg PM) will measure the environmental impact a product makes throughout its life-cycle. This can include how much water a product uses, how much energy it consumes, even how it affects the overall global climate. By assessing life-cycle impact, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can make improvements to produce apparel, footwear, and textiles more responsibly.

The Higg PM will help companies assess the full life-cycle impact of a final product for a fraction of the time and cost life-cycle assessment tools typically require. The tool will show how products in any category compare to one another and what life-cycle stages or production processes contribute the most impact. The tool will also have the potential for integration with a business’ own internal systems for measuring and generating analytics.

Expected to pilot at the end of 2017 and launch at the end of 2018, the Higg PM will allow users to calculate environmental impacts for numerous apparel, footwear, and textile products when produced at industrial scale. This is a critical step toward future product labeling and potential environmental legislation.