Better chemistry begins one step, one substance, at a time. We have provided better chemistry resources as a guide, a beginning, for those seeking alternative chemistries. Each of the following programs are listed in detail in the RSL.
Manufacuring Chemistry Guidance
Managing chemicals within our supply chain goes beyond setting strict chemical limits for our products. As an essential tool
for providing guidance to finished goods factories and raw material vendors, Nike, Inc., has used a Manufacturing Restricted
Substance List (MRSL) for more than 10 years throughout the supply chain to control the use of certain chemicals. While we
could continue to expand our own MRSL, we recognize that truly reducing the impact of our industry and protecting workers
and the environment requires collective effort and a harmonized approach to chemical standards and input management. In a
shared supply chain, this approach is a necessity.
Better Chemistry Resources
In support of our goal of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals by 2020, and to minimize the chemical footprint of
manufacturing, Nike, Inc., strongly encourages the use of better chemistry and efficient manufacturing processes across our
supply chain. Several programs, partnerships and collaborations in support of these goals are listed, including:
- bluesign© partnership
- Nike validation of a Greening Effort Program
- Available tools and industry collaborations
Materials Sustainability Index
In 2003, we began developing Nike MSI to help designers make informed, real-time decisions about the potential
environmental impacts of raw material choices. Nike MSI calculates relative material scores for each of the more than 80,000
materials available to Nike product creation teams. These scores help designers select materials with lower environmental
impacts, as measured by Nike MSI.
Nike MSI balances scoring by using points that fall into three categories — a Base Material Score, Material Environmental
Attributes and Supplier Practices — and evenly weighting four environmental impact areas across the Nike MSI scoring
framework. These impact areas are chemistry, energy and greenhouse gas intensity, water and land use intensity and physical
waste. This allows Nike to achieve a robust scoring framework that delivers comprehensive materials assessments.
For details on Nike MSI scoring and the program as a whole, please contact your Nike Liaison Office Materials team.