Sourcing “ethical” 3d printer filament

There’s an abundance of 3D printer filament manufacturers on the market. While there is a plethora of reviews and tests regarding their quality and price, far too often the circumstances under which they are made is disregarded. I was looking for filament made within countries that have acceptable human right standards and labour laws. That’s why here’s a list of 3D Printer Filament Made in the EU.

While globalization certainly has its upsides, I’ve come to try and source things I purchase from Germany (or any other country within the EU) whenever I can. This is also the case for 3D printer filament. Naturally I looked around.

I found a post by ddd-filament which lists various different manufacturers. I found the list to be very useful, and I recommend you check it out. Some manufacturers have been missing however, and they also list some manufacturers that don’t sell to end-users directly.

Why filament made in the EU?

Buying filament that has been produced in the EU means it falls under EU laws and directives. That means it should adhere to labour and environmental laws during its production. Taxes paid on the products also go back into the local economy and in turn social systems.

I strongly urge buying against filament made in China, as chances are they are made at a low price at the cost of human rights and the environment.

List of Manufacturers

ManufacturerCountry of OriginMaterial
3DJakeEUABS
3DJakeEUASA
3DJakeEUBio Filament
3DJakeEUPLA
3DJakeEUPVA
3DJakeEURecycled PETG
3DJakeEURecycled PLA
3DJakeEUSKULPT
3DJakeEUTPU
add:northSwedenABS
add:northSwedenBoron Carbide
add:northSwedenCarbon Fiber
add:northSwedenCellulose
add:northSwedenGraphene
add:northSwedenNylon
add:northSwedenPET
add:northSwedenPLA
add:northSwedenPolyethylene
add:northSwedenPVDF
Das FilamentGermanyPETG
Das FilamentGermanyPLA
Das FilamentGermanyTPU
ExtrudrAustriaABS
ExtrudrAustriaGreentech
ExtrudrAustriaPETG
ExtrudrAustriaPLA
ExtrudrAustriaTPU
FiberlogyPolandABS
FiberlogyPolandASA
FiberlogyPolandBVOH
FiberlogyPolandFIBERFLEX
FiberlogyPolandFIBERSILK
FiberlogyPolandFIBERWOOD
FiberlogyPolandHIPS
FiberlogyPolandNYLON
FiberlogyPolandPETG
FiberlogyPolandPLA
FiberlogyPolandPP
FiberlogyPolandRefill
FillamentumCzech RepublicABS
FillamentumCzech RepublicASA
FillamentumCzech RepublicCPE
FillamentumCzech RepublicCPE-CF
FillamentumCzech RepublicCPE/PETG
FillamentumCzech RepublicHIPS
FillamentumCzech RepublicNylon
FillamentumCzech RepublicPC/ABS
FillamentumCzech RepublicPLA
FillamentumCzech RepublicPP
FillamentumCzech RepublicTimberfill
FillamentumCzech RepublicTPE
FillamentumCzech RepublicTPU
FillamentumCzech RepublicVinyl
FormfuturaNetherlandsABS
FormfuturaNetherlandsASA
FormfuturaNetherlandsHIPS
FormfuturaNetherlandsPA
FormfuturaNetherlandsPC
FormfuturaNetherlandsPC-ABS
FormfuturaNetherlandsPETG
FormfuturaNetherlandsPLA
FormfuturaNetherlandsPP
FormfuturaNetherlandsPVA
FormfuturaNetherlandsSBC
FormfuturaNetherlandsTPC
FormfuturaNetherlandsTPU
HERZGermanyABS
HERZGermanyABS – Tech line
HERZGermanyCOC Filament
HERZGermanyESD Filament
HERZGermanyHiPS
HERZGermanyPA6.66
HERZGermanyPA-12 (W/H)
HERZGermanyPAHT-CF
HERZGermanyPC
HERZGermanyPC/PBTP
HERZGermanyPETG
HERZGermanyPLA
HERZGermanyPLA-HI
HERZGermanyPMMA
HERZGermanyPP
HERZGermanyPVA
HERZGermanyTPS
HERZGermanyTPU-R
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?ABS
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?ABS Fusion+
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?ASA
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?BVOH
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?HiPS
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PA
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PAHT CF15
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PEI
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PET
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PET CF15
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PLA
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PLA PRO1
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PP
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PP GF30
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?PPSU
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?rPET
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?TPC
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?TPE
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?TPU
Innofil3D BVNetherlands?Z-PETG
KaisertechGermanyABS
KaisertechGermanyFleixble Rubber
KaisertechGermanyHIPS
KaisertechGermanyPETG
KaisertechGermanyPLA
KaisertechGermanyPP
KaisertechGermanyPVA
KaisertechGermanyWood
Material 4 PrintGermanyABS
Material 4 PrintGermanyABS-PC
Material 4 PrintGermanyASA
Material 4 PrintGermanyPETG
Material 4 PrintGermanyPLA
Material 4 PrintGermanyPMMA
Orbi-TechGermanyABS
Orbi-TechGermanyABS/PC
Orbi-TechGermanyASA
Orbi-TechGermanyBendLay Glass
Orbi-TechGermanyHiPS
Orbi-TechGermanyMold-Lay
Orbi-TechGermanyNylon PA
Orbi-TechGermanyPC
Orbi-TechGermanyPET
Orbi-TechGermanyPLA
Orbi-TechGermanysmartABS
Orbi-TechGermanyTPE & TPU
PrusaCzech RepublicABS
PrusaCzech RepublicASA
PrusaCzech RepublicFLEX
PrusaCzech RepublicPET
PrusaCzech RepublicPLA
PrusaCzech RepublicSPECIAL
UltimakerNetherlandsABS
UltimakerNetherlandsNylon
UltimakerNetherlandsPC
UltimakerNetherlandsPLA
UltimakerNetherlandsPP

Personally I’ve purchased filament from Das Filament and material4print, and so far I’m very happy. I especially enjoy the refill option Das Filament offers, as to avoid empty rolls ending up in the trash. They also seem to enjoy a good reputation in the 3D printing community, and I’ll use them as my “bread and butter” (PLA & PETG) source in the future.

I’ve also looked for 3D printer resin manufacturers in the EU, check it out if you’re interested!

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