Industry partnership, non-profit and non-governmental organizations

Environmental Benchmark for Fibres

Within the non-business sector, BWE has helped organizations serve their members and stakeholders better by providing technical guiding resources. The Made-by Environmental Benchmark for Fibres, developed by BWE, compares the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibers in the garment industry, ranking 28 fibers on six common parameters: greenhouse gas emissions; human toxicity; eco-toxicity; energy; water; and land.


The Environmental Benchmark for Fibres continues to be used by Made-By members and many other apparel brands. 

Material Sustainability Index (MSI)

BWE collaborated with Nike to create the Nike Material Sustainability Index (Nike MSI). The Nike MSI serves as the primary method for selecting environmentally preferred materials for use in Nike products and feeds into the Nike Apparel and Footwear Sustainability Indexes.

Nike provided public access to the Nike MSI through the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) where it was an initial component of the SAC Higg Index.