Protoprint is a Social Enterprise based in Pune, India that works collaboratively with urban waste pickers co-operatives, using low-cost technology to produce 3D printer filament from the waste plastic they collect. This generates more value at the grassroots and significantly boosts waste-picker incomes. Our model is to market the filament globally, providing consumers with a price competitive, ethically sourced, recycled alternative to virgin plastic. We have a pilot filament production facility set up at a garbage dump in Pune and are working with the National Chemical Labs to improve our filament quality to match virgin offerings.

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