Before learning how the Tool works, it is important
to understand its intended purpose.
The Nike Environmental Apparel Design Tool is designed
to replicate our internal
Considered Index calculator with the exception that users manually
enter the materials data. Like our internal Index, it leverages Nike’s collected
data from more than a decade of evaluation of materials, and the examination of
waste footprints in hundreds of apparel products across all sport categories.
The Tool serves as functional calculator with the ability
to measure the impact of materials commonly used in manufacturing apparel products.
Enable product creation teams to design in more sustainable
product choices that affect the entire garment.
Measure impacts in the design and development phases of the
product process, the elements within the control of most product creation teams.
It does not:
Evaluate the entire product supply chain, including
packaging or transportation.
Though important, these environmental aspects, as well
as other critical social and environmental concerns, are the focus of separate,
but integrated Nike initiatives.
Scientifically based and designed to be simple-to-use.
Numbers-based, so a direct product, material, or process
comparison becomes practical, understandable, and realistic to benchmark against.
Easy-to-use and fits easily within the already demanding
workload of our intended audiences: product creation teams, product designers, product
managers, material suppliers and product manufacturers, students and universities,
industry groups, and interested NGOs.