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Fiber Footprint Calculators for Promoting Sustainable Cotton

Center for Sustainable Economy and the Sustainable Cotton Project have adapted the Ecological Footprint tool to measure the impacts of cotton production taking into consideration where that cotton is grown, where it is shipped for manufacturing, how much water and energy is required, chemical inputs, transportation, and waste disposal. Our Fiber Footprint Calculators compare the footprint of conventionally grown cotton in various regions of the world with sustainably grown cotton so that buyers and growers can make informed choices. The Calculators provide cotton buyers and growers a breakdown of cotton’s footprint under various growing methods taking into account variations in productivity, use of chemicals, fertilizers, and water, carbon emissions, and distance to market. View:


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