Designers Can Use SAC Materials Tool to Assess Environmental Impact
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today announced an update to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), a tool that enables the apparel, footwear, and textile industry to assess the environmental impact of materials used in global manufacturing. Founded by Walmart and Patagonia eight years ago, today the SAC is the leading global association for the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. With the most recent update to the Higg MSI, businesses around the world can more effectively assess the environmental impact of materials as they design more sustainable products.
The Higg MSI, the industry's most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a material's environmental impact, now features 80 base materials, including cotton, polyester, and silk. When blended, these account for the majority of all materials the industry currently uses. The update includes a new feature that enables suppliers to share sustainability performance information about their materials with brands and retailers. Such upstream communication promotes greater transparency and improved sustainability performance within the industry.
"With the opportunity to play a key role in determining a product's sustainability performance, being a designer today is really exciting," SAC CEO Jason Kibbey said. "With the Higg MSI, product designers can access an incredible amount of information, and then use it to significantly reduce environmental impacts of materials production."