Five Portland brands to test next version of Eco Index

The Outdoor Industry Association is tapping Portland companies to refine the Eco Index tool.

The Outdoor Industry Association is tapping Portland companies to refine the Eco Index tool.

Five Portland-area footwear and apparel brands have been chosen to test the next phase of a Portland Development Commission-backed green product design tool.

KEEN Footwear, Korkers Inc., Icebreaker Nature Clothing Inc., Columbia Sportswear Co. and Adidas have been selected to receive customized training and other resources to work on the latest version of the Eco Index.

Backed with $40,000 from the PDC, the Outdoor Industry Association, a Boulder, Colo.-based trade group, rolled out the initial versions of the Eco Index a year ago.

The index is an open-source, Web-based software tool to help designers use data to help source materials that reduce the environmental impact of products.

Now the program is evolving.

The next version of the Eco Index will be apparel specific, and incorporate a Materials Assessment Tool developed separately by Nike Inc.

It will be followed by subsequent indexes for footwear and equipment, which are now under development.

Testing of the new apparel index is funded by a $25,000 PDC grant which was matched by the Outdoor Industry Association.

It will be conducted by the five chosen footwear and apparel brands, who are part of what the OIA calls a “cohort program” overseen by Eric Brody, a consultant and principal at Portland-based ShiftAdvantage.


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