SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition says it will not retire Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI) scores for leather, silk or alpaca wool after key industry bodies for these fibres deemed the scores unsafe, claiming they use out of date or unreliable data. The SAC’s executive director Amina Razvi told Apparel Insider it is “not planning to suspend these material scores at this time,” but refused to be drawn on the suggestion that the claims being made by natural fibres industries raised serious questions about the credibility of the Higg MSI.
Razvi claimed that since the introduction of Higg, the SAC has encouraged “industry to collaborate with us to ensure that each of our tools reflect the best available science” – a claim refuted by natural fibres sectors.
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