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JAL aims to give old clothes new life as jet fuel

Airline teams up with clothing recycler, others for alternative energy trial

Japan Airlines hopes cotton-derived jet fuel will help reduce carbon emissions associated with air travel.

TOKYO Japan Airlines is looking to turn used clothing into jet fuel, with plans to put the alternative energy source to the test as early as 2020.

The airline will join Japan Environment Planning, also known as Jeplan, and the Tokyo-based Green Earth Institute to set up a collaborative council for the project as soon as early 2017. Jeplan already works with 12 retailers, including Aeon and Muji operator Ryohin Keikaku, to collect used clothing at 1,000 or so stores around Japan and recycle the polyester it contains. This next project will take cotton from the clothing and turn it into fuel with help from GEI.

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