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.
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The Higg Product Tools assess
5 Environmental Impacts
- Global Warming Potential
- Nutrient Pollution in Water (Eutrophication)
- Water Scarcity
- Fossil Fuel Depletion
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.
The Higg Product Module
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.