Holy crap, that’s a lot of work to get a roll of filament. That’s only economical if your time is worth nothing. Ugh.

  • sj_zero
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    tbf, you wouldn’t do this because it’s cheaper, you’d do it because it’s more ecologically friendly and it helps make your 3d printer a bit more sustainable.

    But at 20 bucks for a spool of thread, you won’t be coming out ahead economically by recycling, I agree.

    • @thantik
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      It’s also not more ecologically friendly – you’ve gotta use near 80% virgin material with 20% regrind for a good quality product. All you’re doing is bringing its production into your house on a smaller, more inefficient scale. And then you’re paying this dipshit here $20k so you can save $5 on your 1kg of PLA.

      To be fair, however, it is good if you’re testing small batches of filament formulations because you’re running an actual production line though.

      • sj_zero
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        ngl, I’ve never tried it and I doubt I’m about to start, so prints go into the recycle bin so they can get dumped in the landfill with the rest of the recycling.

        But at the very least, it’s a better practice to use PLA as your main choice.

        • @thantik
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          18 months ago

          Strangely enough, ABS is better for the environment, as it’s one of the few actual materials that get recycled…

    • @Aux
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      08 months ago

      No, the ecologically friendly option is to send it to the recycling.

      • sj_zero
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        Assuming it’s recycled instead of sent to a landfill.

        Once you find out about how the business of recycling works that’s often not such a certain assumption.

        • @SirHery
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          In Germany there is a company that specifically lets you send in oly pla and pet and the sells it. You even get a credit based on how sortet your used Filament is. https://recyclingfabrik.com/

        • @Aux
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          08 months ago

          3D printing waste is a clean waste. It doesn’t have food leftovers on it, weird paint or anything else which will render it unrecyclable. Also PLA just goes into a composter.

          • sj_zero
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            28 months ago

            Great argument. Bit of a problem though: you don’t need to convince me or the fediverse. You need to convince plastic recyclers not to just take the strange plastic like thing that isn’t labeled and isn’t common and just send it to the landfill.

            The journey of recycling doesn’t end the moment that a potentially recyclable object ends up in your recycle bin. In order to be recycled, A bunch of things need to go right, and if they don’t then your “recycling” just enters the local landfill, if you’re lucky. If you’re unlucky, your “recycling” will end up in a cargo container on its way to a landfill in some third world country somewhere.

            https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis

      • Piecemakers
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        You’re naive if you think that “recycling” hasn’t been a complete smokescreen for decades, FFS.

        • @Aux
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          Not all recycling is the same.