Japan Airlines Is Turning Used Clothes Into Jet Biofuel
The airline is targeting 2020 as the year to use cotton-derived fuel for their airplanes
What if clothing couldn’t just fuel your swag, but also your journey abroad? Thanks to Japan Airlines, this seemingly farfetched fantasy could become a reality, as its partnering with Japan Environmental Planning (Jeplan) and Tokyo’s Green Earth Institute to turn used clothing into jet fuel.
So far, the project has amassed used clothing from 1,000 stores in Japan from retailers such as Muji and Aeon. Using the process of fermentation, cast-off garments are turned into biofuel by breaking down sugars in cotton and turning them into alcohol. 2020 is the target year for testing cotton-derived fuel and right now, everything is at the experimental stage. That being said, if all goes well, Japan plans to have a commercial plant running by 2030. Perhaps in the future, paper and other forms of waste might be sources for fuel.