The Higg Index 2.0 is primarily an indicator based assessment tool for apparel and footwear products. 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, Nike’s Apparel Environmental Design Tool, Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) reference tools, and Social/Labor Best Practice Tools (e.g., SAI Social Fingerprint, FLA Sustainable Compliance Initiative, etc.), however it has been significantly enhanced through a pilot testing period and over 14 months of organizations using the Higg Index 1.0.
Recently heard Terry Gips on YouTube and appreciate his definition of Sustainability “ecologically sounds, economically viable, socially just, and humane”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw1C-YDn8Bo
This report on apparel industry presents the example of MAS Holdings, that holds up to Terry’s definition. Apparel industry needs to look as MAS Holdings and follow the model.
Thanks to Nancy Ngo of Pioneer press for sharing this (twitter.com/nancyngotc). Twin Cities businesses (“Stephanie’s” and “For Tonight” )provide opportunity to rent a dress. This is a practical and economic way to approach sustainability. I say economic as you are not spending an arm and a leg, and, practical because most of the times we do not want to repeat a special occasion dress.
November 8, 2013 at Express Yourself Clothing, St. Paul, MN
Look at what designers are working on:
Workshops on sustainability in cotton supply chain funded by Cotton Incorporated, June3-6, 2013 http://www.cottoninc.com/