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The Higg Index - Rates Green Apparel
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The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of over 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index that measures the environmental performance of apparel products.

The Higg Index 1.0 is primarily an indicator based tool for apparel that enables companies to evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and product design choices.

The Index asks practice-based, qualitative questions to gauge environmental sustainability performance and drive behavior for improvement. It is based largely on the Eco Index and Nike’s Apparel Environmental Design Tool, however it has been significantly enhanced through a pilot testing period.

The Higg Index 1.0 is a tool to help organizations standardize how they measure and evaluate environmental performance of apparel products across the supply chain at the brand, product and facility levels. It is:

- A self-assessment tool that enables rapid learning through identification of environmental sustainability hot spots and improvement opportunities

- A starting point of engagement, education, and collaboration among stakeholders in advance of more rigorous assessment efforts.

The Higg Index 1.0 is a learning tool for both small and large companies to identify challenges and capture on-going improvement. It targets a spectrum of performance that allows beginners and leaders in environmental sustainability, regardless of company size, to identify opportunities.

The Higg Index 1.0 was developed for apparel products and environmental performance; however, future releases of The Higg Index will expand the scope to include footwear products and social and labor impact areas.

The Higg Index 1.0 is based on life-cycle thinking and spans the apparel life cycle (materials, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, use, and end-of-life). Retail activities are not included in The Higg Index 1.0 and will be considered for future releases.











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