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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 Higg Product Module

What’s the global warming potential of your favorite t-shirt? What is the environmental impact of a pair of jeans throughout its full life cycle? The new version of the Higg Product Module (Higg PM) can tell you.

The Higg PM now measures the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of a product from the point of resource extraction to manufacturing impacts, all the way through product durability, care, and end of use.

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 across a product’s entire life cycle, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can identify opportunities for improvement, enabling them to produce apparel, footwear, and textiles more sustainably. The Higg PM will help companies understand their holistic sustainability performance and enable progress towards circularity goals.

Finally, the Higg PM provides credible data that paints a full picture of a brand’s impact, from the products they design to how those products are made. The product tool was developed to help companies prepare for anticipated legislation*.

*For organizations with an EU presence, the Higg product tool is designed to evolve and aims to align with future EU PEF Apparel & Footwear Methodology.

Learn More About the New Higg PM

The second edition of the Higg PM completes the core suite of Higg Index tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, which is central to the SAC’s mission to transform business for exponential impact. The tool now measures the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of a product, making it the only tool on the market that can help companies calculate at scale the environmental footprint of their products beyond carbon emissions.

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For any company planning to track their Scope 3 emissions, Higg MSI and Higg PM would be the best starting point to obtain high-level sources of product level, material level or yarn level emission information. The new Higg PM, now equipped with the cradle to gate data, allows companies to estimate the downstream product use level impacts. MAS uses the Higg PM because of the standardized impact measurements. Standardization will enable direct and faster analysis and help to identify hotspots in products that need further Life Cycle Impact Analysis. With this data, we have started discussions with our customers and supply chain on how to collectively improve product criteria to mitigate climate risk and other environmental impacts. These discussions have enabled us to develop relationships with customers who seek solutions to improve the environmental performance of their product portfolio.

Dhanujie Jayapala, Environmental Sustainability Manager for MAS Holdings.

PEARL iZUMi couldn’t be more pleased with the tools and data provided from the Higg Index. The Product Module and the detailed data it delivers inspired our new Pedal to Zero program which allows our customers to do what they love – ride bikes for fun, fitness, transportation and arguably, sanity – and now, also to purposefully offset the environmental impacts of the products they use. By scaling the Product Module, we can achieve our evolving corporate responsibility goals and even enlist our customers to help do the same.

Aaron Kutzer, Senior Manager, Retail Division, Pearl IZumi

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

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

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 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.