To help reduce plastic waste and redefine the way we produce plastic products, Rotterdam based ‘Refil’ launches fully recycled filament that’s made from old car dashboards. It’s called ‘Refilament (recycled filament) and using it instead of ordinary filament, makes everything you make recycled as well. From 3D printed vases, toys and jewellery to architectural models, prosthetics and other plastic products… They all become recycled products when you print them with refilament.
In the introduction film, Refil calls out to all makers to ‘start making things right’.
The basis of Refil was the Perpetual Plastic Project (see perpetualplasticproject.com), which started several years ago on multiple music festivals. Instead of producing plastic rings, Refil now uses their recycling system to make recycled filament. With refilament, Refil aims to produce recycled filament in an industrial scale and high quality, making recycled plastic a new standard in 3D printing.
Refilament is currently available in two colours:
Dashboard Black refilament; 100% recycled and made from old car dashboards, door panels and other ABS parts coming mainly from Volvos and Audis.
PET Bottle Translucent refilament; made from old PET bottles and up to 90% recycled!
Refilament is sold on cardboard spools carrying 750 grams of plastic. Dashboard black is priced 32 euros per spool and PET Translucent sells for 40 euros per spool (both prices are included VAT). Refilament is certified with REACH and is RoHS compliant. All the ingredients in refilament are thoroughly monitored to make sure that they don’t contain any hazardous substances like flame retardants.
Underlining our vision on sustainability, both refilaments are distributed on recycled cardboard spools. This way its users and nature won’t end up with more waste. The empty spools can be disposed and recycled with other household paper waste and the packaging of the filament can be used as labels to show that you printed with Recycled filament, instead of ordinary.
We are currently also researching new materials. We’re pretty far with a HIPS Refilament which is made from the inside of refrigerators and a flexible synthetic rubber one, again coming from the car industry. Just like our PET and Dashboard Black we will only bring it to market when the quality equals the existing filaments or is even better. We would love to see your 3D prints made of refilament.
For more information about refil and our refilament visit: re-filament.com