Here’s another answer to the question, “what is biodegradable plastic made of?”. We can have MOG-CA, coffee waste plastic (made of used coffee grounds) as filament for 3D printing. So it’s available for small manufacturing without big industrial facility. This biodegradable plastic uses natural ingredient that are easily discarded in our daily lives – that’s what I like.
Plastic made of Coffee Waste
Yes, coffee waste can be biodegradable plastic. It doesn’t make any problem if you throw used coffee grounds away – they’re organic and will be compostable as time goes by.
But it would be way better if we could use them again because they make bulky waste while being hard to recycle and easily discarded.
Since this product is made in Korea as a kind of PLA biodegradable filament, I bought it for my 3D printer. So it’s one of the rare chances to show you the material that I’m actually using. Let me describe it shortly like this.
- Hybrid 3D printing filament combining PLA(polylactic acid: extracted from corn starch) and coffee waste
- Biodegradable material that returns to nature
- Shows natural coffee color which may slightly vary
- Smells like coffee and doesn’t generate dioxin when it’s been printed
Coffee waste turns into biodegradable plastic
I would love this video more if the maker shows up with the PLA biodegradable filament.
If you’re not very familiar to 3D printers, the video would be nice for you to understand how it actually works with the material (that we call “filament”) at a glance. You can see the printer builds layers of the tasty brown coffee filament.
I hope SMBEST, the company gets coffee waste from people when they want coffee grounds disposal and am wondering from where the maker gets the ingredients regularly.
MOG-CA works out soft surface and detail expression. I think this product can attract small manufacturers who’re interested in using unique eco-friendly materials.
It’s been not so easy to use biodegradable plastic for them. But 3D printers and PLA biodegradable filaments become more accessible to small manufacturers.
Change coffee waste in productive way
Coffee is kind of essential to most Koreans, especially in the big cities like Seoul. I think this is the best use of coffee waste that I’ve seen – to change it to be productive, material of creativity. Waste can’t be waste any more.
We already know biodegradable plastic doesn’t solve all the plastic problems but it’s worth to try. The company also produces plastic made of rice bran. So the ingredients of biodegradable plastic will become more various – maybe even something edible.
I personally love the “bitter-sweet smell of coffee” when it’s been printed! I’ll definitely show you something printed by MOG-CA in 3D Prints next time, with its nice detail expression.
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