This recycled clothing project turns waste into power and could be behind the first commercially available bioethanol. Tokyo's Green Earth Institute, recycling company Japan Environmental Planning (Jeplan) and Japan Airlines collaborated to begin developing airplane biofuel from old clothing.
The cotton-derived bioethanol will hopefully be available by 2030. This eco energy initiative uses technology created by Jeplan that breaks down used cotton clothing and utilizes the fuel-producing sugars released during fermentation. Other fibers and sources of waste (including paper) will also be introduced to the project for this recycled clothing project in order to increase production volume. They hope to begin test flights in 2020 using the new bioethanol as well as conventional oils. The first experimental fuel plant is currently under construction.