Full Circle Filament is a social enterprise that’s working at the nexus of inclusive business and the circular economy. We’re part of a collaborative group that’s working to turn waste PET bottles into high-quality 3D printing filament to help meet the growing demand of that sector in an ethical, sustainable manner that provides social and environmental benefits to the communities it works in.
FCF leads fund-raising, strategy, sales and marketing, and operational management.
Covestro is “among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech polymer materials for all key industries.” The firm’s inclusive business unit initiated the project led to the initiation of Full Circle Filament, and the firm remains a strong partner.
Covestro blends the PET and other inputs to create the pellets that will become filament, as well as providing material testing to help develop FCF’s products.
Endeva helps create business models and ecosystems that include low-income people into value chains for mutual benefit.
Endeva is an integral partner that supports the effort with project management, research, and relationship building.
Filabot builds machines which recycles plastic into filament for use in 3D printers.
Filabot provides tech support on filament extrusion done with their machines.
Thammasat University’s School Global Studies (SGS) is an academic initiative based in Bangkok, Thailand, that delivers innovative programs, projects, and research around social enterprise, sustainability, and social innovation.
The SGS team runs the FCF hub which includes inclusive sourcing and processing of waste as well as filament production.