Make Better Choices at Every Stage of a
Product’s Development

From the materials a designer chooses to feature in your favorite t-shirt to the amount of water used to dye that worn pair of jeans, the Higg Product Tools assess a product’s environmental sustainability impacts. There are two Higg Product Tools: the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) and the Higg Product Module (Higg PM). These tools empower designers, brands, retailers, and manufacturers, to use life cycle assessment data to make informed decisions to create more sustainable products.

The Higg Product Tools assess
5 Environmental Impacts

  • Global Warming Potential
  • Nutrient Pollution in Water (Eutrophication)
  • Water Scarcity
  • Fossil Fuel Depletion
  • Chemistry

The SAC is continuously improving and expanding the Higg MSI and Higg PM with new data and emerging impacts. Using the Higg MSI Contributor, submit data on your innovative material or production process.

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) is the apparel industry’s most trusted tool to measure and score the environmental impacts of materials. Apparel, footwear, and textile industry designers and product developers can use the Higg MSI to assess and compare the crade-to-gate impacts of different materials, such as cotton, polyester, and leather, to produce more sustainable products.

The Higg MSI uses data submitted from the industry and life cycle assessment databases to calculate environmental impacts and translate them into comparable Higg MSI scores.

The Higg MSI can calculate the impact of millions of possible material manufacturing variations.

Click here to learn about what’s new in the latest Higg MSI data update (Updated Dec. 2020).

The Higg MSI features 80+ example materials

These examples represent materials commonly used in the industry.









Compare the environmental impacts of a variety of cotton options such as:

  • Conventional cotton
  • Recycled cotton
  • Organic cotton

“We use the Higg MSI to understand & measure the environmental impact of Salomon’s materials – we have already scored more than 800 materials so far. The final objective being to score our footwear product and be able to give an environmental visibility to our end consumer and our B2B clients. In addition with the Higg MSI, we can communicate about sustainability transparently with our suppliers and collaborate globally to make more sustainable products.”

Céline Mazars, Material Manager of Footwear, Salomon

“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. We use the Higg MSI to showcase our sustainable materials.”


The Higg Product Module

What’s the global warming potential of your favorite t-shirt? How much water did it take to make your jeans? The Higg Product Module (Higg PM) can tell you.

The Higg PM measures the environmental impacts of a product from cradle-to-gate*, including materials production. It measures impacts from the point of resource extraction to finished product assembly.

This can include how much water or fossil fuel energy may be needed to make a product, or even how it affects the overall global climate. By assessing various environmental production impacts, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can produce apparel, footwear, and textiles more sustainably.

*The Higg Product Module will assess cradle-to-grave impacts in 2021, including product care, end of use, and duration of service.

Business Value

The first edition of the Higg PM shows what production processes contribute the largest environmental impacts. Companies can then build scenarios to determine the different production options to reduce those impacts. Compared to standard life cycle assessment software, the tool is simple to use and produces meaningful results based on a consistent methodology to allow for product comparisons.

The Higg PM will also help support future product labeling and potential environmental legislation.
Aldo Apparel

The Higg PM provides granular life cycle assessment data founded in climate science we know we can trust. At ALDO Group, we will use this data to introduce more sustainable materials with a low carbon footprint in our products. We will also use the Higg PM in collaboration with our value chain partners to decarbonize our company’s supply chain.

Karine Kicak, senior sustainabillity manager, aldo group


The Higg PM brings to light a much needed conversation on the impacts of material selection, the power of public commitments on the supply chain, transparency, energy efficiency improvements at manufacturing facilities, and most importantly the capabilities required to implement actions at the scale that matters.

Sid Amalean, Head of Sustainable Business, MAS HOLDINGS

For Brooks Running, it’s critical that we protect our planet. Our product teams will use the Higg PM to better understand the environmental impacts of our products, and its science-based insight will better position us to strategically create more sustainable options for our customers. This tool will also help the industry compare the sustainability performance of different products, which is a game changer.

david kemp, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, brooks running