To borrow an unnecessarily cruel analogy, the just launched Ekocycle Cube 3D printer kills two birds with one stone by using filament that comes from recycled bottles. Coca-cola and will.i.am are behind the Ekocycle brand, which is focused on "promoting sustainability through aspirational yet attainable lifesytle products" that at least partially utilize recycled materials, such is the case here.
Each Ekocycle cartridge is made in part from post-consumer recycled 20-ounce PET plastic bottles, resulting in what Ekocycle calls a groundbreaking new filament dubbed rPET. The flexible filament material retains full durability. Cartridges for the 3D printer are available in a curated color palette of red, black, white, and natural.
As with many 3D printers, cost might be factor for some. The Ekocycle Cube 3D retails for $1,199. Cost aside, it's supposed to be easy to use, and perhaps you'll sleep better knowing your printed creations are giving plastic bottles a new life beyond the landfill -- each Ekocycle cartridge represents the equivalent of three used bottles.