Sea 3D recycled printing

Every year, we produce 300 million tons of plastic, half of which is single use plastic. 91% of all plastic produced isn’t recycled, meaning they end up in landfills or pollute our oceans. If we don’t control our plastic consumption, scientists predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Microplastics can make their way into our food, making us suffer from disastrous effects. Greenhouse gases from production of plastics heat up the earth and change the climate.
Single use plastic has become so ingrained in our society that reducing plastic seems like a lost cause, and if the plastic isn’t going to be recycled anyway, many people don’t bother with the effort. The last hope people have to helping against plastic is to reuse the plastics into other purposes.
One of the most prominent single use plastics is called polyethylene (PET), which is used in single use bottles. PET is derived from petroleum and is completely recyclable, unfortunately only 30 percent of PET is recycled in America.
Many people turn plastic bags into mattresses, but reusing plastic water bottles is a bit trickier. What if we could chop up the plastic bottles into a finer mixture, melt it down, and turn it into filament for 3D printing?
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Abstract/Description: Every year, we produce 300 million tons of plastic, half of which is single use plastic. 91% of all plastic produced isn’t recycled, meaning they end up in landfills or pollute our oceans. If we don’t control our plastic consumption, scientists predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Microplastics can make their way into our food, making us suffer from disastrous effects. Greenhouse gases from production of plastics heat up the earth and change the climate. Single use plastic has become so ingrained in our society that reducing plastic seems like a lost cause, and if the plastic isn’t going to be recycled anyway, many people don’t bother with the effort. The last hope people have to helping against plastic is to reuse the plastics into other purposes. One of the most prominent single use plastics is called polyethylene (PET), which is used in single use bottles. PET is derived from petroleum and is completely recyclable, unfortunately only 30 percent of PET is recycled in America. Many people turn plastic bags into mattresses, but reusing plastic water bottles is a bit trickier. What if we could chop up the plastic bottles into a finer mixture, melt it down, and turn it into filament for 3D printing?
Subject(s): 3D printing
Undergraduate Research
UWF Sea3D
Recycled plastics
Printing filament