Case Study

Toray contributes data to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index, creating high-impact insight into material impact choices for all users.

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Higg Materials Sustainability Module

Problem

It is a big effort to collect manufacture and impact data on all the different kinds of materials in the world. Higg Co does so through the help and collaboration with our Sustainable Apparel Coalition manufacturing partners, like Toray, a textile manufacturer based in Japan, so we can bring you the smartest tools for the job.

Before the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), there was no tool that could measure all the points of impact that are needed to create a full-picture assessment. Materials largely impact the sustainability of textile products, so it was necessary to build.

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Higg Materials Sustainability Module

Solution

Toray contributed their process data of partially plant-based polyester filament fabric, one of their expanding lineup of low-environmental load materials to the Higg MSI, to further expand the MSI’s materials knowledge, bringing Higg Co customers a rich and robust tool to analyze the impact of their materials selections.

The Story

Toray, a textile manufacturer based in Japan since 1926, and its group companies, produce yarns, fabrics, and finished products of synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic. They have been a critical partner in developing the depth of knowledge of our Higg MSI.

“Before the Higg MSI, there was no tool that had common life-cycle assessment criteria, methodology, and procedure specially created for the textile industry, and developed through global, industry-wide consensus. The Higg MSI is quite meaningful for the industry, because materials largely impact the sustainability of textile products.”
– Hidenori Terai, General Manager of Toray’s Fibers & Textiles Business Planning Department

“From the viewpoint of a manufacturer, our products are the basis on which we do business with customers. Each product features so much variety, for example, shape of filament, fineness, color, function, etc.,” says Hidenori Terai, General Manager of Toray’s Fibers & Textiles Business Planning Department.

Terai explained how they plan to help contribute to our tools’ knowledge base: “The main contribution we can provide for tool development is process data into the Higg MSI. We submitted our process data of partially plant-based polyester filament fabric, one of our expanding lineup of low-environmental load materials. It was our great pleasure that this material was registered in the Higg MSI.”

We plan to partner with Toray for even richer collaboration in the near future, to showcase the environmental profiles and data of other sustainable textiles.

“We hope we can contribute to enhancing the Higg MSI to continue improving data and developing material sharing and private processes functions,” Terai added.

Thanks to Toray, and many other partners, we have a globally built tool, showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of virtually all materials in the world, to make more impactful decisions in fashion materials.

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