Fairtrade 3D printing...?
A hat-tip to @masscustom for alerting me to this intriguing story. Protoprint, based in Pune in India, aim to supply Fairtrade 3D printing consumables, working with urban waste pickers to supply their labs with the necessary raw materials.
For me this raises lots of questions about the long term game plan of a company like this, i.e does their business model rely on there always being urban waste dumps to be sorted through by litter pickers? But as a short term and eye-catching proposition this seems like one to keep an eye on.
Sidhant Pai, their CEO, has just been chosen as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, which should give them the spotlight they need to get this off the ground.