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Outdoor Industry : Panel Links

Outdoor Industry resources for DESIGN STUDIO II, S14

OR Panel

OUTDOOR RETAILER

Kenji Haroutunian, President

(Welcome)

THE JOYTRIP PROJECT

James Edward Mills, Journalist

(Moderator)

OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Nikki Hodgeson

Industry

Sustainability Work Group

   

SIERRA CLUB: Mission Outdoors

Stacy Bare, Director

Community

VETERAN EXPEDITIONS

2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

 

COTOPAXI

CJ Whittaker

Product Design

MARMOT & Marker

Katie Hawkins, Brand Manager

Apparel

The North Face (athlete)

Conrad Anker

Community

     

BLACK DIAMOND 

Tim Bantle, Apparel Director

Apparel/Design

THE WALTON WORKS/  Shoeller Textile

Shannon Walton

Apparel/Sustainability

PETZL

John Evans, Marketing Manager  & Sus Edmonson, Headlamp Division Manager

Product/Design

CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

John Sterling, Executive Director

Industry/Sustainability

 

 

Environmental Advocacy

OIA Sustainability Links

What is Indexing?

When talking about sustainability, you'll hear a lot about indexing. What exactly does this mean? Indexes are tools that provide a way for companies to benchmark and measure their environmental footprint, identify areas for improvement, and make informed sourcing and product lifecycle decisions. They address sustainability at the product level and help you examine processes throughout your supply chain. 

What is the Higg Index for Equipment?

The Higg Index — based on the original OIA Eco Index, in conjunction with materials sustainability data from Nike — is the leading tool worldwide for measurement of the sustainability of apparel, footwear and gear. Development of the Higg Index is led by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in close partnership with the OIA Sustainability Working Group. SAC’s membership represents over a third of the global supply chain of apparel and footwear.

The Higg Index for Equipment builds on Higg Index modules for Apparel and Footwear, led by SAC, that have already been launched to the industry. From the early days of the OIA Eco Index in 2007, the outdoor industry wanted to ensure that its sustainability indexing tool was applicable to gear products — a critical piece of our industry — as well as to apparel and footwear. The Higg Index for Equipment will fulfill this purpose, providing indicators tailored specifically to gear products while employing the same format as the other Higg Index modules.

Development of the Higg Index for Equipment has been 100 percent supported by OIA and the resources of its members, both sweat equity and financial, and will serve as a model for other sectors seeking to leverage the Higg Index model for their own sustainability indexing needs.

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