The Higg Index Product Tools are used during the design and materials selection stages of production to assess a product’s sustainability impacts; they also assess a product’s lifetime sustainability impact. Higg Product Tools offer brands and manufacturers information to make better choices at every stage of a product’s development.
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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 iteration. 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, 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.
Design and Development Module (DDM)
Designers and developers can control upwards of 80% of a product’s environmental impact. Any designer or product developer knows that the best moment to make low-impact choices in construction and production is at the beginning of the creative process. The Higg Design and Development Module (Higg DDM) engages designers and developers during the early concept and design phases, by assisting them to consider better construction techniques and evaluate the complete life-cycle of the product before it is created.
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