New industry index for sustainable apparel

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition–a trade group of several companies with interests in the apparel industry, from Coca-Cola to NGOs and government agencies to direct apparel manufacturers such as Nike, REI, and Levi’s–launched a sustainability tool called the Higg Index, which will enable the industry to assess the sustainability of products. The index covers three primary areas–brand, product, and facility–and is aimed at giving the apparel industry a way to assess the sustainability of any particular product throughout the supply chain.

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