SAFI Consortium






July 2022

Third virtual meeting: July 12th- 13th, 08:30 am – 11:30 EST.

Dec 2021

Second virtual meeting: Dec 13th – 14th, 08:30 am – 12:30 EST.

June 2021

First virtual meeting: July 28th, 10 am – 2:30 pm EST.

April 2021

North Carolina State University (NC State) is launching a global effort to research and develop sustainable and alternative fibers and demonstrate their use for the production of market pulp, hygiene tissue products, packaging, textiles, and nonwoven substrates. The research effort will cover both technical (feedstock preparation, pulping, bleaching, refining) and business (supply chain, techno-economics, life cycle analysis, consumer perception, etc.) aspects.

The work conducted by SAFI (Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative) Consortium will be guided by an industrial steering committee made up of representatives of established companies, start-ups, and educational institutions. The consortium will be directed by Profs. Ronalds Gonzalez and Hasan Jameel and the work will be conducted by an expert committee of faculty from the Department of Forest Biomaterials (NCSU) and industrial representatives. The faculty in the NC State team has more than 200 years of combined experience in the characterization and conversion of lignocellulosic to different types of value-added products. For a full list of our faculty and team members visit The Team page.



Our Partners


Fig. 1. Entities that have joined SAFI Consortium.

The University of British Columbia  (BioProducts Institute) will be our associated research partner in the consortium. Part of the research at SAFI is supported by a USDA SunGrant project (Southern Regional Center). The SAFI Consortium will be the global innovation hub on the use of alternative and sustainable fibers for a wide array of bio-based products (Fig. 2).



Proposed Plan

Fig. 2.  SAFI Consortium proposed research.

The plan for the four years also includes research on the use of alternative fibers for the manufacturing of packaging, textiles, and nonwoven substrates (Fig. 2 & 3). For a complete assessment, SAFI will research both the technical and business aspects (Fig. 3).




Fig. 3.  Proposed roadmap for the first two years.



Contact Us

Questions? Please Contact Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez