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 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 textiles, plastics, metals, and leather.
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. 2021).
The Higg MSI features 90+ example materials
These examples represent materials commonly used in the industry.
The Higg Product Module
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.