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JAL giving old clothes new life as jet fuel

Biofuel technology promises green energy from cotton, paper waste

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines aims to turn used clothing into jet fuel with the help of environmental firms and retailers, putting the alternative energy source to the test as early as 2020.

The airline will join with Jeplan, or Japan Environmental Planning, 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 such as Aeon and Muji operator Ryohin Keikaku to collect used clothing at 1,000 or so stores around Japan, recycling the polyester within. Now, cotton from the clothing will be made into fuel with help from technology at GEI.

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