BLUE WING -WINGS FOR CHANGE- 「Redefining recycling Today's waste, tomorrow's renewable resources」

Michihiko Iwamoto

Michihiko is working to reduce the world's dependence on limited, non-renewable resources through recycling initiatives that he makes profitable and sustainable by involving consumers and corporations.

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Portrait of Michihiko Iwamoto

Michihiko Iwamoto

He worked to establish the textile recycling system by collaborating with government, retailers, and trading companies. He then founded JEPLAN with a vision to realize a society where everything will be circulated with economic efficiency. Under his leadership as CEO of JEPLAN, the company has achieved nine consecutive years of profitability. He was appointed as the fifth Japanese Ashoka fellow in 2015.

JEPLAN, Inc

JEPLAN, Inc is a Japan-based company aiming to foster a sustainable society where everything gets put back in circulation to reduce the dependence on limited, non-renewable resources. It was founded by Ashoka Fellow Michihiko Iwamoto and Masaki Takako, the current CEO. Through consumer-participated recycling programs like its “BRING” initiative, JEPLAN collects unwanted clothing, uniforms, plastic products, and other items from consumers and corporations. Its patented chemical recycling technology then converts the fibers into new products. Only clothing that is no longer wearable is recycled. Creating new clothing from recycled clothes reduces textile scrap while using less petroleum, thus creating a sustainable supply chain. The company is now expanding its initiatives beyond Japan, licensing its technology to more and more countries worldwide.

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