Recycling Project Improves The Lives Of Workers In Developing Countries

Recycling Project Improves The Lives Of Workers In Developing Countries
Technology

Startup's founders hope to build a socially responsible 3D-printing enterprise

Lauren Kirkwood
  • 10 june 2016

An Amsterdam-based startup is hiring waste pickers in developing countries to collect used bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, with the goal of using technology to recycle those bottles by converting them into 3D printing filament—otherwise known as the “ink” of 3D printers. Through the project, Reflow hopes to spearhead an environmentally friendly initiative that also improves the lives of those who collect and sell waste for a living.

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