KiwiFil 100% Recycled PLA Pro 1.75mm 1kg

  • $55.00

>> This is our first 100 % recycled plastic filament made from discarded 3D prints, and a limited edition where every spool is numbered and signed by KiwiFil founder Eva Hakansson. 

Recycled PLA pro 3D printing filament, 1kg, 1.75 mm (±0.05 mm tolerance), made from 100 % recycled plastic. It's made from discarded and failed 3D prints that were shredded and remelted, and from filament that didn't meet our high quality standards.

Made in New Zealand, including the all-cardboard spool, the bag, the label, and the instruction card. The spool is shipped in a thick re-usable plastic pouch with zip closure.

Recommended settings: Nozzle: 210-220°C. Bed: 50-60°C.

>> Recycled plastic FAQ <<<

Why is the recycled PLA filament more expensive than the regular PLA filament?

Recycling of 3D prints into new filament is very labor intensive. The prints have to be sorted, cleaned, shredded, and melted before it is extruded into filament. This process also takes more equipment than making filament from virgin (new) material. However, closing the loop and minimizing our use of resources is important for a future on this planet, so we hope you are OK with paying a bit more for the recycled PLA filament.

Doesn't the transport of discarded 3D prints to the factory cause a lot of emissions? Wouldn't it be better to just put them in the trash and have them sent to the local landfill?

All transports cause emissions, and our goal is to minimize the transports and their environmental effects. There is no domestic production of PLA plastic in New Zealand. All PLA is imported, unless it is made from recycled material. The KiwiFil virgin PLA comes from Thailand and is made from sugarcane. By recycling PLA that is already in the country, we can decrease the transports and  creating jobs in NZ.

Why recycle? PLA is made from plants and it is compostable, right? Can't I just put my discarded prints in the regular trash or home compost?

PLA is industrially compostable, while the conditions in a landfill or in a home compost are typically not correct for PLA to break down. Instead, it will likely be sitting in the landfill for hundreds of years. Also, even if PLA is made from plants, the production requires land, water, and energy, and causes emissions. PLA is relatively easy to recycle and can be remelted many times before it starts to lose its mechanical properties. Recycling PLA will also decrease the need for import of PLA plastic, keeping money and jobs here. So, why wouldn't you recycle it?

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