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Refil has created a premium quality recycled filament, made from old PET bottles. It’s up to 90% recycled!  The recycled PET filament prints really easy. It’s strong, flexible and almost no warping during printing. Furthermore, it’s a very clean plastic, meaning that it’s food contact acceptable (FCA) and you won’t have any smell during printing.

It is made of waste source drinking bottles, the material is PET. Printing temperature (advised) 220-240 C (428-464 F), platform temperature (advised) 50-70 C (122-158 F), printing speed (advised) 40-70 mm/s, package size 215 x 205 x 65 mm (8.5 x 8.1 x 2.6 inch), package weight 1 kg (2.2 pounds).

3D printing is today’s trendiest industrial revolution. At Refil, they aim to make it a sustainable one as well. Why continue to use new plastics, when there’s so much old plastic we can re-use? At present, most plastic waste is perceived as valueless, it ends up in landfills or incinerators. Only a small fraction of the plastic waste is recycled. Unfortunately, a lot of discarded plastic ends up in our rivers, the sea (so called “plastic soup”), forests and even in animals. Plastic waste is a global problem and is interfering with our food chain and ecosystem. Moreover, plastic is made from oil, and this resource isn’t infinitely available.

It’s time that we take responsibility and we make smarter use of our resources. It’s time to change and start recycling. Refil wants to offer the makers of the world a 3D printer filament that is fully recycled, with a quality that is comparable or exceeds premium non-recycled filaments. That’s why, for the last couple of years, they have been working on fully recycled filaments. After years of extensive testing and fine-tuning, they are proud to introduce fully recycled ABS filament made from car dashboards and PET filament made from old PET bottles.

Refil is founded by Rotterdam based design agency Better Future Factory (BFF), founded by five alumni from the Delft university of technology. BFF is a multi-disciplinary design and engineering company. BFF finds and develops creative yet realistic and sustainable solutions by incorporating the essential principles of the circular economy. They work on pressing issues like the plastic waste problem. They recover, re-use, and recycle as much materials as possible to reduce the pressure on the environment and on companies which face growing resource constraints. BFF works on international challenging projects in collaboration with a broad network of experts, partners and enthusiasts.

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