Creating an inclusive and circular plastic recycling economy in Thailand

We need to change from a linear to a circular plastic economy, that is also inclusive. The 3D printing market is taking off creating an ever-growing demand for plastic. However, most 3D printing filament is made of virgin plastic resins, thus increasing the use of nonrenewable resources, and the filaments made from recycled content tend to be of low quality. At the same time, there is a growing demand for high-quality recycled filament from conscious consumers. That’s where we come in. Full Circle Filament is a start-up that seeks to close the loop in 3D printing. We envision a decentralized circular economy where our hubs recycle plastic waste into 3D filament on the spot and print, collect and recycle end products for the local economy.

Our approach: Leveraging the power of social business to kick-start a circular model

We are starting Full Circle Filament as a social enterprise that will sell inclusively sourced ethical filament. That means we will recycle existing plastic (PET from bottles and post-industrial PC) into high-grade filament, and we will work together with waste picking communities to raise their income and improve working conditions. We collaborate with Covestro, a global leader in quality resins, to blend our recycled plastic and achieve a high quality product. We will sell our filament through local and international channels. In the future, we aim to expand into 3D printing as a service reusing our filament in a closed circle of use-recycle-reuse. In this phase, we wish to retain our inclusive focus and develop a range of services to create benefits for people throughout the entire value chain.