Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveils MSI Contributor

29 Jul '16
2 min read
Courtesy: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Courtesy: Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has unveiled the Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) Contributor, a new addition to the Higg Index suite of tools.

The Higg Index suite of tools allows material suppliers and experts to submit apparel, footwear, and home textile material data into the Higg MSI.

While, the MSI Contributor will allow SAC to expand data around materials sustainability to inform design, development and sourcing decisions for its more than 180 members.

“The Higg MSI provides a common lens for assessing materials impact on climate change, land use, water scarcity, resource depletion, eutrophication, and chemistry,” Jason Kibbey, CEO at SAC said.

“With the introduction of the MSI Contributor, we further the depth of that language, providing a baseline for thousands of materials that industry can use to make informed product decisions,” he added.

Once validated by the MSI Gatekeeper, the MSI Contributor submissions will be incorporated into the Higg MSI, a public tool which is being re-launched in September that will allow users to see and compare scores for materials.

At launch, the Higg MSI will include 79 scored base materials, such as cotton, polyester, and EVA foam, and 225 additional production specifications like organic or bio-based fibres and weaving or knitting processes.

SAC expects that through the MSI Contributor, the entire industry will gain benefits in making more informed decisions around material use.

“Manufacturers will have a credible and comparable means to show how their responsible production processes reduce impact, allowing them to attract more brands committed to responsible sourcing,” it said. (AR)

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