Reflow's 3D Print Filament is Sourced from Impoverished Waste Pickers

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 2, 2016
References: reflowfilament & betalist
This startup sells high quality 3D print filament that is environmentally sustainable, ethically sourced and affordable for consumers. Based in the Netherlands, Reflow is a community-focused company that recycles plastic bottles into 3D print filament.

They also collect the PET bottles from waste pickers in developing countries, multiplying their income 20-fold when the filament is resold in global markets. The plastic is then cleaned and shredded, turned into filament and tested for quality before it's delivered to your door.

25% of their profits are returned to waste-picking communities. Reflow's aim is to improve the daily lives of the 40 million waste pickers found internationally, who often only earn $1.50 a day and live in extreme poverty. The social business also hopes to foster a global socially conscious 3D printing community by doing so.