My Commitment to reducing Plastic wastage

Learn about how Moose3D is reducing their carbon footprint and plastic wastage for the environment

I am a member of the Eco Responsible 3D Printing Alliance

Moose3D is committed to sustainable 3D printing and climate positive initiatives

The vision for the Eco Responsible 3D Printing Alliance™ is to curate a group of like-minded businesses and organisations to drive positive change in 3D printing – making a tangible impact to increase resource efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and harness a Circular Economy.

What are the eco-friendly and sustainability benefits of 3D printing?

3D printing poses multiple benefits for the environment and sustainability. Though it is still being studied, 3D printing and other additive manufacturing cause significant changes in production cost and manufacturing times, leading to higher efficiency and lower environmental impacts when compared to standard manufacturing processes.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Global waste is at a high: approximately 1.3 billion tons of waste per year is expected to jump to 2.2 billion tons in just 3 years. Luckily, 3D printing could offer a solution by using recycled materials to create products. Up to 95% of the material used in 3D printing can come from recycled materials. But when plastic melts, its chemical bonds weaken so bits of new plastic need to be added to the recycled material to ensure a strong final product.

Along with recycled materials, bio-based polymers could be a solution to the high amount of energy printing requires. Bio-based polymers require a lower temperature which can reduce the amount of energy consumed during printing.

All of the products we produce at Moose 3D is made from eco-friendly PLA plant-based plastics, we will always try to reduce plastic wastage where possible and we sell our products at a reduced price to recycle the use of the product. 

Energy and efficiency

At Moose 3D we increase the efficiency of the production process as well as the time and energy it takes to get products to their destination. We use bio-based polymers to create our products, these sourced polymers are biodegradable and non-toxic. Sometimes material can be prepared locally, reducing the amount and cost of energy needed.

When used for small products, our 3D printers can fit in an office allowing for parts, prototypes, and products to be produced locally rather than requiring shipping. This results in lower environmental impacts from standard shipping methods such as planes, ships, and trucks. Our 3D printing service allows for on-demand printing of small batches rather than traditional methods which mass produce and require warehouses of products that consume energy at an alarming rate.

Simply put, our 3D printers replace multiple pieces of traditional manufacturing equipment due to their versatility. We use less equipment needed for production, and the need for extensive manufacturing facilities disappears, as do their associated emissions. Our 3D printers are housed in urban centre closer to residential areas without causing as much social and environmental inequity from emissions and noise pollution, as large factories and warehouses do.

How does Moose 3D reduce their carbon footprint of a product?

Our 3D printing service allows for a reduced carbon footprint due to the ability to create our products locally. A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions expressed as a CO2 equivalent. As of 2020, transportation makes up 27 % of the greenhouse gas emissions. As we only service the UK, we cut out the need to transport a product across an ocean or continent, which in turn reduces our carbon footprint of that product significantly. We have also teamed up with Ecologi to help fund carbon offset projects and tree planting around the world.

The future of 3D printing and our committment to sustainability

Moose3D offers solutions to problems and new designs that were not possible before.

However, I am committed to exploring efficient landfill diversion strategies, including:

Use of Eco-Friendly Filaments

My products are made from 100% plant based filament PLA plastics.

Fundamentally additive, minimal wastage process

Any products that have failed visual inspection but can be used for their intended purposes will be re-sold at a discounted price, rather than going in the usual plastic recycling collections.

Carbon Footprint reduction

Via re-forestation and renewable energy production.

Recyclable Packaging

All cardboard packaging used is made from 100% recycled cardboard, including the filament spool inserts.

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