Nov 102017
GREENFIRE ETHICAL FILAMENT STANDARD FOR 3-D PRINTING Note: In addition to the standards outlined below, GreenFire DAO Foundation will comply with national legislation and also other recognized standards and conventions such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Rationale for an Ethical Filament Standard A main goal of fair trade is to provide opportunities and stable trading partners to economically disadvantaged producers and to open up new markets (WFTO, 2013). Fair trade filament has the potential to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged – the millions of people, predominantly in developing countries, whose livelihood and income come from picking waste on dumps through the possibility of some income stability, access to the plastic value chain and further job creation without a large startup cost or difficult job training. Pickers can be employed to collect and process the plastic through all the steps shown below. As well as plastic collection and sale, through the acquisition of a recycling machine, such as a Filabot extrusion and filament system, , pickers will have the ability to enter the value chain and turn their plastic into filament themselves to provide a higher value return and diversify their income. This filament could then be sold to make useful products for local and national communities that could be in turn sold. In addition, a picker or other local workers could buy or be microfinanced to begin making finished products from the waste plastic filament. These finished products can have substantial value and can either be used to offset household costs or again sold on the market for profit. This process could be especially beneficial in rural areas where markets are not as varied as in cities and consumers simply lack access to many products. The main goals for a fair trade standard for filament are: • To provide an environmentally friendly and ethically produced filament alternative to meet market need. • To open up a new market for value added products that can be produced by waste pickers. • To ensure that a transparent minimum price is paid to waste pickers for the plastic used to make ethical filament. This will ensure that waste pickers are able to earn a wage that meets or exceeds sector regulations, collective bargaining agreements and regional average minimum wage (where these exist). • To provide the opportunity for waste pickers to further their position and improve their income (more…)