Joël

Mertens

Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Director of the Higg Product Tools

As Director of the Higg Product Tools at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Joël is responsible for developing tools to help the apparel and footwear industry measure and understand the environmental impacts of products and materials. The Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI) and Product Module (PM) simplify the life cycle assessment process to characteristics that are more familiar to material and product developers, enabling confident impact measurement and assisting in strategic planning. Prior to his work at the SAC, Joël held several roles at Mountain Equipment Co-op that spanned the material space - evaluating quality, performance, and environmental sustainability.