After last month’s release of the updated Higg MSI and the Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM) in April, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and its spin-out tech company, Higg Co, have launched the Higg Product Module (Higg PM), a sustainability tool that assesses the environmental impact of manufactured products. The launch of the Higg PM rounds out the core suite of tools on the Higg Index platform, Higg.org. With methodology developed by the SAC and technology provided by Higg Co, the new tool reflects the work and expertise of more than 70 SAC member companies over nearly four years.
The Higg PM is a life cycle assessment tool that guides brands, retailers, and manufacturers to calculate product and supply chain performance in five environmental impact categories: global warming potential, water scarcity, eutrophication, fossil fuel resource depletion, and chemistry.
The Higg PM will be released in two phases. The recently launched first edition offers product assessment from “cradle to factory gate,” including materials production. It measures impacts from the point of resource extraction to finished product assembly. The second edition, currently in development and expected to launch in early 2021, will further expand assessments to include retail and packaging, distribution, product care, duration of service, and end of use.
Brands, retailers and manufacturers with interests in the European market can use the Higg PM to prepare for future requirements. Those that use the Higg PM will have a head start on data collection and have a better sense of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules results they could expect.
Like all Higg Index tools, the Higg PM will continue to expand over time as more robust data emerges and cutting-edge science evolves.