Materials Impact Dashboard 2021

Overall

Cotton

Polyester

Polyamide

Manmade Cellulosics

Wool

Down

Leather

Our Materials Impact Dashboard visualizes the global impact of the actions taken by participating companies

Textile Exchange is tracking progress made by reporting companies over the next ten years. The 10-year timeframe to 2030 is in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and this decade of action.  The Impacts Dashboard provides an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to observe the collective progress made by the entire group of benchmarking companies. The more companies that participate in the program and share data, the more reflective the results are of sector progress.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of Material Change Index (MCI) participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

Materials uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for at least one preferred material.

87%

Circularity

Participating companies reporting one or more circularity target.

46%

Sustainable Development Goals

Participating companies reporting targets for meeting one or more SDG.

39%

Climate action

Participating companies with a publicly reported science-based target for climate.

32%

Deforestation and conversion-free

Participating companies with a target for eliminating deforestation and conversion from supply chains.

20%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly. See material level charts for material-specific SDGs identified.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

1 – No Poverty
2 – Zero Hunger
3 – Good Health and Well-Being
4 – Quality Education
5 – Gender Equality
6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10 – Reduced Inequalities
11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
13 – Climate Action
14 – Life Below Water
15 – Life On Land
16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Climate action progress

Under our Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.

The chart models MCI Participant’s “actual” and “predicted” global warming potential (CO2eq) increases under Business as Usual (BAU) conditions, and the target pathway plots the trajectory we need to be on to reach a goal of 45% reduced emissions by 2030.

Actual

BAU 3% growth

Target pathway

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved at an overall materials portfolio level (by volume, tonnes).  The overall data includes all fibers and down.

Known origin: 48%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 52%

Key materials

This chart provides an overview of the aggregated volumes of materials sourced by MCI participants. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020 and the 2020 MCI refers to uptake in 2019. In 2020, 4.7 million tonnes were reported. See material level charts for material-specific sustainability programs in use.

For more information, please see page 10 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide. 

Company-reported uptake volumes of key materials.

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

See material level charts for material-specific progress charts.

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

See material level charts for material-specific outcomes, or for more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Land use

2020

Improved

5.1

million hectares

2019

Improved

3.8

million hectares

2020

Conventional

25.6

million hectares

17%

land under improved practices

The same area as 7.2 million football fields

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.6

million tonnes

2019

Recycled

0.4

million tonnes

2020

Virgin

4.1

million tonnes

12%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 48,151 12 tonne garbage trucks

Understanding the impacts

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “impacts” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes both conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020. Impact modeling is based on midpoints generated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1.

See material level charts for material-specific outcomes. or for more information, see page 12 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

 

Participants' use 2020

Participants' use 2019

Conventional equivalent

Impact area

Footprint

Saving

Saving is equivalent to

Water consumption

4.3

trillion liters

4.5

trillion liters

5.2

trillion liters

19%

971 billion liters of water

The drinking water needs of 886 million people for one year

Fossil fuel energy

161

billion megajoules

173

billion megajoules

202

billion megajoules

21%

41.7 billion megajoules

953,075 US homes powered for one year

Global warming

11.2

million tonnes CO2eq

11.8

million tonnes CO2eq

13.1

million tonnes CO2eq

15%

1.9 million tonnes of CO2eq

Driving 7.7 billion kms in an average sized car

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

The 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge (2025 SCC) serves as a cornerstone for change in the apparel and textile industry by encouraging brands and retailers to commit to source 100 percent of their cotton from more sustainable sources by the year 2025.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for at least one preferred cotton.

89%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable cotton targets publicly available.

68%

2025 Sustainable cotton challenge

Signatory to achieving 100% more sustainable cotton use by 2025.

33%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

1 – No Poverty
2 – Zero Hunger
6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
13 – Climate Action
15 – Life On Land
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Climate action progress

Under our Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.

The chart models the Material Change Index (MCI) Participant’s “actual” and “predicted” global warming potential (CO2eq) increases under Business as Usual (BAU) conditions, and the target pathway plots the trajectory we need to be on to reach a goal of 45% reduced emissions by 2030.

 

Actual

BAU 3% growth

Target pathway

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for cotton (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 61%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,00 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 39%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for cotton, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

bioRe

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)

Fair Trade

Organic cotton

Organic Fair Trade

Recycled cotton

Responsible Brazilian Cotton (ABR)

US Cotton Trust Protocol

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

 

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Land use

2020

Improved

1.6

million hectares

2019

Improved

1.5

million hectares

2020

Conventional

1.7

million hectares

48%

Land under improved practices

The same area as 2.2 million football fields

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.04

million tonnes

2019

Recycled

0.03

million tonnes

2020

Virgin

2.5

million tonnes

2%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 3,699 12 tonne garbage trucks

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Farmers

2020

Improved

582

thousand farmers

2019

Improved

545

thousand farmers

2020

Conventional

621

thousand farmers

48%

Farmers following improved land practices

The equivalent of 145,495 households

Understanding the impacts

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “impacts” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes both conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020. Impact modeling is based on midpoints generated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1.

For more information, see page 12 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

 

Participants' use 2020

Participants' use 2019

Conventional equivalent

Impact area

Footprint

Saving

Saving is equivalent to

Water consumption

4.2

trillion liters

4.5

trillion liters

5.2

trillion liters

19%

957 billion liters of water

The drinking water needs of 874 million people for one year

Fossil fuel energy

27.7

billion megajoules

28.4

billion megajoules

31.0

billion megajoules

11%

3.3 billion megajoules

75,356 US homes powered for one year

Global warming

4.5

million tonnes CO2eq

4.6

million tonnes CO2eq

5.0

million tonnes CO2eq

10%

0.5 million tonnes of CO2eq

Driving 2.0 billion kms in an average sized car

Data based on information supplied by 114 participating companies.

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

The 2025 Recycled Polyester Challenge serves as an important catalyst for change in the apparel and textile industry. We are challenging the apparel industry to commit to bringing the percentage of recycled polyester up from 14% to 45% at 17.1 million metric tons by 2025.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for recycled polyester.

53%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable polyester targets publicly available.

42%

Recycled polyester commitment

Contributing to the increased industry use of recycled polyester by 45% by 2020.

35%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
13 – Climate Action
14 – Life Below Water
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Climate action progress

Under our Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.

The chart models MCI Participant’s “actual” and “predicted” global warming potential (CO2eq) increases under Business as Usual (BAU) conditions, and the target pathway plots the trajectory we need to be on to reach a goal of 45% reduced emissions by 2030.

 

Actual

BAU 3% growth

Target pathway

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for polyester (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 30%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 70%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for polyester, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Bio-based polyester

Recycled polyester

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

 

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.5

million tonnes

2019

Recycled

0.3

million tonnes

2020

Virgin

1.1

million tonnes

32%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 43,107 12 tonne garbage trucks (or 38 billion 500ml PET bottles)

Understanding the impacts

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “impacts” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes both conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020. Impact modeling is based on midpoints generated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI).

For more information, see page 12 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

 

Participants' use 2020

Participants' use 2019

Conventional equivalent

Impact area

Footprint

Saving

Saving is equivalent to

Water consumption

26.5

billion liters

28.1

billion liters

35.6

billion liters

26%

9.1 billion liters of water

The drinking water needs of 8.3 million people for one year

Fossil fuel energy

87.6

billion megajoules

94.6

billion megajoules

122.4

billion megajoules

28%

34.8 billion megajoules

796,202 US homes powered for one year

Global warming

3.6

million tonnes CO2eq

3.8

million tonnes CO2eq

4.7

million tonnes CO2eq

24%

1.1 million tonnes of CO2eq

Driving 4.5 billion kms in an average sized car

Data based on information supplied by 97 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for recycled polyamide.

54%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable polyamide targets publicly available.

25%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index. SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production is often positioned as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieving or contributing positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
13 – Climate Action
14 – Life Below Water
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Climate action progress

Under our Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.

The chart models MCI Participant’s “actual” and “predicted” global warming potential (CO2eq) increases under Business as Usual (BAU) conditions, and the target pathway plots the trajectory we need to be on to reach a goal of 45% reduced emissions by 2030.

Actual

BAU 3% growth

Target pathway

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for polyamide (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 19%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 81%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for polyamide, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Bio-based polyamide

Recycled polyamide

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

 

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

8

thousand tonnes

2019

Recycled

3.6

thousand tonnes

2020

Virgin

163

thousand tonnes

4%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 632 12 tonne garbage trucks

Understanding the impacts

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “impacts” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes both conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020. Impact modeling is based on midpoints generated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1.

For more information, see page 12 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

 

Participants' use 2020

Participants' use 2019

Conventional equivalent

Impact area

Footprint

Saving

Saving is equivalent to

Water consumption

0.04

billion liters

0.04

billion liters

0.04

billion liters

Fossil fuel energy

23.6

billion megajoules

25.1

billion megajoules

24.6

billion megajoules

4%

1.0  billion megajoules

23,743 US homes powered for one year

Global warming

1.3

million tonnes CO2eq

1.4

million tonnes CO2eq

1.3

million tonnes CO2eq

4%

0.1 million tonnes of CO2eq

Driving 218 million kms in an average sized car

Data based on information supplied by 52 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for the uptake of preferred manmade cellulosics.

75%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable manmade cellulosics targets publicly available.

42%

Deforestation and conversion-free

Participating companies with a target for eliminating deforestation and conversion from supply chains.

22%

CanopyStyle partners

Participating companies that have made a CanopyStyle commitment.

47%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
13 – Climate Action
15 – Life On Land
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Climate action progress

Under our Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.

The chart models MCI Participant’s “actual” and “predicted” global warming potential (CO2eq) increases under Business as Usual (BAU) conditions, and the target pathway plots the trajectory we need to be on to reach a goal of 45% reduced emissions by 2030.

 

Actual

BAU 3% growth

Target pathway

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for manmade cellulosic fibers (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 42%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 58%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for manmade cellulosics, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Acetate (FSC, PEFC)

Lyocell (FSC, PEFC)

Modal (FSC, PEFC)

Recycled cellulose

Viscose (FSC, PEFC)

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Land use

2020

Certified

20.2

thousand hectares

2019

Certified

27.3

thousand hectares

2020

Conventional

78.5

thousand hectares

20%

Forest under improved management

The same area as 28,496 football fields

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.3

thousand tonnes

2019

Recycled

0.3

thousand tonnes

2020

Virgin

268

thousand tonnes

0.10%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 22 12 tonne garbage trucks

Understanding the impacts

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “impacts” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes both conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020. Impact modeling is based on midpoints generated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI).

For more information, see page 12 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

 

Participants' use 2020

Participants' use 2019

Conventional equivalent

Impact area

Footprint

Saving

Saving is equivalent to

Water consumption

30.1

billion liters

33.2

billion liters

34.4

billion liters

13%

4.3 billion liters of water

The drinking water needs of 3.9 million people for one year

Fossil fuel energy

21.9

billion megajoules

24.7

billion megajoules

24.4

billion megajoules

10%

2.5 billion megajoules

57,774 US homes powered for one year

Global warming

1.8

million tonnes CO2eq

2.0

million tonnes CO2eq

2.1

million tonnes CO2eq

12%

0.2 million tonnes of CO2eq

Driving 1.0 billion kms in an average sized car

Data based on information supplied by 72 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for the uptake of preferred wool.

68%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable wool targets publicly available.

38%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

2 – Zero Hunger
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
15 – Life On Land
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for wool (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 45%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 55%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for wool, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Organic wool

Recycled wool

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)

ZQ Certified

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

 

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Land use

2020

Improved

3.5

million hectares

2019

Improved

2.3

million hectares

2020

Conventional

23.8

million hectares

13%

Land under improved practices

The same area as 4.9 million football fields

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

8.0

thousand tonnes

2019

Recycled

5.6

thousand tonnes

2020

Virgin

47.5

thousand tonnes

14%

of material from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 666 12 tonne garbage trucks

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Sheep

2020

Improved

1.7

million sheep

2019

Improved

1.2

million sheep

2020

Conventional

11.8

million sheep

13%

sheep from improved farm practices

Data based on information supplied by 56 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for the uptake of preferred down.

95%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable down targets publicly available.

53%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

2 – Zero Hunger
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The map provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for down (by volume, tonnes).

Known origin: 91%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • <1,000 t

Unknown origin: 9%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for down, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Downpass

Organic down

Recycled down

Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).

See material level charts for material-specific progress charts.

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.30

thousand tonnes

2019

Recycled

0.16

thousand tonnes

2020

Virgin

22.7

thousand tonnes

1%

of down from recycled feedstock

The carrying capacity of 25 12 tonne garbage trucks

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Ducks and geese

2020

Improved

873

million birds

2019

Improved

900

million birds

2020

Conventional

27

million birds

97%

birds under certified production

Data based on information supplied by 40 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.

Commitments and targets

Commitments and targets panel highlights the share of MCI participants setting measurable targets and/or making public commitments to materials-related sustainability actions.

100% uptake

Participating companies with a 100% target for the uptake of preferred leather.

35%

Deforestation and conversion-free

Participating companies with a target for eliminating deforestation and conversion from supply chains.

19%

Leather Working Group members

Participating companies that are Leather Working Group members.

58%

Targets publicly available

Participating companies with more sustainable leather targets publicly available.

30%

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

Company and industry-wide progress toward the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are tracked through the Material Change Index (MCI). The MCI positions SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as the “gateway” goal for the textile and apparel industry to achieve or contribute positively to all other SDGs, directly or indirectly.

For more information, please see the SDG Companion Guide.

2 – Zero Hunger
9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
15 – Life On Land
17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Country of origin

Country of origin refers to the country where the raw material is grown, cultivated, extracted, or otherwise produced. The chart provides insights into the level of transparency MCI participants have achieved for leather (by volume, tonnes).

To present the data in tonnes, a conversion factor of 0.00633 has been calculated, taking into account all leather industry segments, species, and product types (i.e., 1 m2 of finished leather = 0.00633 mt of rawhide ). For further information, please refer to the EU Environmental Footprint Category Rules for Leather.

Known origin: 15%

By volume:

  • > 100,000 t
  • 50,000 - 100,000 t
  • 10,000 - 50,000 t
  • 1,000 - 10,000 t
  • < 1,000 t

Unknown origin: 85%

Programs in use

Programs in use are a list of sustainability programs for leather, used by the MCI participants, which Textile Exchange recognizes as offering credible sustainability opportunities and used by participating companies.

Leather Working Group

Organic leather

Recycled leather

Progress to preferred

This chart shows the volumes of conventional and preferred materials, visualized as percentages. The preferred material uptake has been divided into preferred renewable (virgin materials produced within more sustainable programs) and recycled materials (from both pre-and post-consumer waste).  In this chart, the Leather Working Group is represented in the preferred renewable figures, and  Organic and Recycled leather in the preferred recycled data. This data was first collected in 2019, we will continue to collect this data in the years to come.

 

Percentage of materials reported as preferred or conventional, (total in tonnes).

Outcomes of increased preferred uptake

The Impact Dashboard models potential sustainability “outcomes” associated with MCI participants’ aggregated materials portfolio and includes conventional and preferred materials. The volumes reported in the 2021 MCI refer to the uptake of materials in 2020.

For more information, see page 11 of the Material Impact Dashboard Guide.

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Resource use

2020

Recycled

0.2

million square metres

2019

Recycled

0.2

million square metres

2020

Virgin

59.2

million square metres

0.3%

of leather from recycled feedstock

329,481 average sized tote bags

Outcome area

Improved practices

Benefits

Saving is equivalent to

Hides produced

2020

Improved

41.2

million square metres

2019

Improved

38.2

million square metres

2020

Conventional

18.1

million square metres

69%

Hides under improved processing

10.8 million improved/LWG hide processing

Data based on information supplied by 43 participating companies  

Uptake volumes are aggregated from company data reported through the MCI survey, and have been rounded to whole numbers. Modeled improvements (outcomes) are based on commonly accepted methodologies. Potential environmental savings (impacts) associated with the use of preferred renewable or recycled raw materials are based on Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) version 3.1. These calculations include only fiber-level impacts and exclude impacts from finished material manufacturing. For the calculation of full material and product manufacturing and life cycles, please visit Higg.org.

In 2021, participating company portfolios are compared to 100% conventional of the same materials and 2020 results. Dashboard data is limited by the availability and accuracy of company data, outcome modeling assumptions and the limitations associated with globalized averages used in the Higg MSI to model impacts. The Impacts Dashboard will be annually adjusted to reflect any improvements made. See Impacts Dashboard Guide to find out more.