While it's incredibly exciting that 3D printing is a technology that has the potential to change the face of many familiar industries, it's alarming to think that most printer filaments are made from non-recycled plastics.
Fortunately there are now several companies that are taking inventive approaches to 3D printing filaments by recycling automotive dashboards or using water-soluble materials that can be used in additive manufacturing. 3D Brooklyn is a company that's also approaching 3D printing from a perspective that fuses sustainability and creativity—its printer filament is made from recycled potato chip bags. The Recycled Potato Chip Bag Filament is a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene that is reported to have the same texture as wicker furniture.
The unique 3D printing filament was created in collaboration with TerraCycle, a company that partners with brands on projects that involves repurposing waste.