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Jeplan

Fostering a circular economy by collecting used clothing and household items to recycle and re-sell.

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Masaki Takao

Co-Founder & CEO at Jeplan

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Employees 51–100
Headquarters Japan
Jeplan envisions a world in which we circulate everything, meaning all used or unwanted personal belongings are collected, the materials are recycled, and new products are released and sold. Starting with cotton and polyester, the company is reimagining waste disposal to reduce the use of petroleum and diminish carbon emissions. Based in Japan, Jeplan has established collection points around the country in collaboration with major retail and apparel brands to gather discarded clothing. Jeplan then recycles the materials and sells them back to these brands and their consumers, fostering a circular economy. One of their projects recycled used clothing into bio-ethanol that was then used to sustainably power a car. Jeplan is striving toward a goal of recycling 10 percent of the entire world's used and unwanted clothing.

Currently Operating in Three Regions

Press Mentions

October 26, 2023

Axens, IFPEN And JEPLAN Announce The Start-Up Operation Of Rewind® PET Industrial Unit In Japan For The Chemical Recycling Of PET

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June 13, 2023

UAE's Rebound, JEPLAN explore set-up of recycle PET market

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July 29, 2021

JEPLAN has just started a PET Bottle Chemical Recycling factory operation. It's a commercial scale!! (production capacity 22,000 ton/year)

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October 11, 2018

Tokyo-based clothes recycling newbie to advance to Startup World Cup 2019 | The Japan Times

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May 20, 2018

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