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EXCLUSIVE – The International Sericultural Commission (ISC), the representative body for the global silk industry, has called for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to stop using the controversial Higg MSI score for silk pending the development of an “independent and credible LCA for silk.”

The ISC says it believes there are “major flaws” in how Higg MSI currently scores silk which “are in contravention with the guidelines of ISO said to have been adopted.” At present, silk has a total Higg MSI impact of 1086 per kilo, while fast fashion favourite, polyester, has a total impact of only 36 per kilo. 

The ISC told Apparel Insider it is preparing a detailed response to SAC rebutting the scores arrived for the impact assessment categories of the Higg MSI for silk.

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