3D-printing organization pays “pickers” to collect waste plastic for filaments

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3D-printing is seen by many as the preserve of economically advanced nations — either looking for a new rapid prototyping technology, or simply a fun hobby. However, Protoprint are now adding to the technology's green and social credentials, by partnering with waste picker co-operatives in India. The organization recently joined forces with a co-operative called SWaCH in Pune, India, which employs local "pickers" to sort through the city's waste bins for plastic bottles. Once collected, Protoprint trains the pickers to wash the HDPE plastic and shred it in a FlakerBot, before melting it down into reels of filament using a…

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