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The Higg Index Product Tools help users understand the environmental impacts of apparel, textile, and home textiles. In 2016 three different Product Tools were released: the Higg MSI, the MSI Contributor, and the Higg DDM.

Higg MSI

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) is the quantitative underpinning of the SAC's Higg Index Product Tools. It is a cradle-to-gate index using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to engage product design teams and the global supply chain of apparel, footwear, and home textile products in environmental sustainability.

The Higg MSI was originally developed by Nike after years of research and analysis. In 2012, it was adopted by the SAC and incorporated into The Higg Index. Since then, SAC has been working to mature this index into a tool that can provide value for the whole industry.

In the Higg MSI you can view material scores, create "custom materials" by defining blends and specific processes used during production, compare material scores, and see useful source and methodology information.

MSI Contributor

The MSI Contributor allows anyone to submit materials production data to the Higg MSI. By submitting data to the Higg MSI through the MSI Contributor, you can help create a common language around materials sustainability for the apparel, footwear, and home textile industries. You can easily communicate to the world how a particular material is more or less sustainable than others. This can educate and influence brand purchasing and design decisions, and ultimately reduce significant impact that materials production has on the environment.

Higg DDM

The Higg Design & Development Module (DDM), available to SAC members, is meant to be used very early in the product creation phase by apparel, footwear, and home textile designers and developers, where upwards of 80% of a product's environmental impact is determined. Designers and developers often want to understand how to create more sustainable designs but need to be equipped with tools to learn how. In the Higg DDM they can quickly answer a few questions about their designs to receive a design score and learn how they can improve the sustainability of a product. Each product can be benchmarked against average design scores within their company and within the industry.

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