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Sustainability Tracking

This page will be dedicated to a hypothetical case of the tracking system to be used in the “Alternative Fibers to Promote a Sustainable Agricultural Economy to Fight Climate Change” proposal submitted to the USDA in April 2022.

Textile Fibers made from Wheat Straw

The wheat straw that was used to manufacture your product was cultivated on the farm located at Sherrills Ford Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147 applying Climate-Smart Agricultural and Forestry (CSAF) practices: using fewer fertilizers, no-tillage, and cover crops, while promoting soil organic carbon sequestration, and avoiding harmful practices such as open-field burning. The total GHG emission related to this stage is – 280 kg CO2 eq/acre, meaning that the cultivation sequestered carbon dioxide instead of emitting it.

The pulping and conversion process of the wheat straw was done at North Carolina State University, with the potential to produce textile fibers with a carbon footprint of 1.3 kg CO2 eq per kg of fiber, displacing synthetic materials, such as polyester fibers with a carbon footprint of 4 kg CO2 eq per kg of fiber. Thus, the net difference (i.e., 2.7 kgCO2eq. per kg of fiber) could translate into total potential benefits.

This graph represents the GHG benefits due to CSAF practices and the potential displacement of synthetic fibers in the market per acre. With a total GHG benefit of 280 kg CO2 eq/acre at the farm level, and 2.2 ton CO2 eq/acre at market level.