First 3D printing filaments made from post-consumer single use plastic waste

Post-consumer, single-use plastic (SUP) waste has been successfully transformed into 3D printing filaments – which will eventually be used by businesses to make sustainable new products – as part of a multi-million pound international research project, led by Manchester Metropolitan University. Researchers from the University have developed the new filaments using recycled, post-consumer, SUP wastes, including materials commonly found in plastic drinks bottles and coffee cup lids.

As a result, thousands of tonnes of waste – which would otherwise have ended up in landfill – will now have the opportunity to be made into new, higher value products.

The development of the new filament marks a milestone in the TRANSFORM-CE project, funded by Interreg North West Europe.

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