We have been quietly experimenting with grinding up the forks, spoons, and knives used on the UW campus, for use in large scale 3D printing. The iconic brown utensils are made from a biodegradable plastic, PLA (PolyLactic Acid), which lends itself quite nicely to 3D Printing. Our goal is to divert these utensils from the waste streams and into our workroom!
To this end, WOOF has partnered with the UW Garbology Team! They have a ton of experience with the waste stream on campus, and we are very excited to help one another out. We're hoping to use this material to print some composting bins, which will, in turn, generate more plastic for us to print more bins... A never-ending cycle!
We've got a collection bin set up in Ian's Domain, located in McCarty hall, and hope to expand to some other cafés on campus. Please consider dropping your forks and spoons in the box (And keep it clean of other stuff, too!).
We're very excited for what the future holds with this plastic. Stay tuned!
|(Our first print with the forks. Not too shabby!)|