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How Stainless Steel Offers Environmental Sustainability

by May 15, 2017News

More and more consumers, builders and industry professionals are putting a high premium on environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Stainless steel can play an important role in the sustainability of your structures and systems.

Highly Recyclable

Stainless steel is one of the planet’s most easily recycled materials. The 300 series stainless steel materials may have, on average, around 75 to 80% recycled content.

The end of life (EOL) recapture rate of stainless steel is one of the highest of all construction materials. Many materials are either burned or sent to a landfill after use. This takes up valuable space, adds pollution and requires the use of new materials. Stainless steel can be easily recycled after use, reducing the need for new materials to be mined and keeping materials out of the waste stream.

Highly Durable

Stainless steel can last years longer than other materials. 410 stainless steel, which is a commonly used general purpose stainless steel, is desirable because of its high resistance to corrosion. This characteristic doesn’t just save you money over time; it also significantly increases the time that is needed before replacement.

A Strong Role in Resource Conservation

Because of its strength and malleability, stainless steel plays a very important role in alternative energy projects that include wave generation, solar, geothermal and biomass power production. Stainless steel is integral to the construction of items like air scrubbers that reduce conventional power plants’ release of dangerous pollutants into the environment.

Stainless steel is an ideal material for containers transporting potable water. This material reduces loss through evaporation, making resources go farther.

Steel is also an ideal material for both public and private waste water treatment facilities. These facilities reduce the chances of water pollution and keep water resources safe.

When your customers want to know what you are doing to help protect our environment and our future, you can answer with confidence that your use of high quality stainless steel can help. Want to learn more? Our expert staff has years of experience and knowledge about stainless steel. If you are looking for the ideal material for your next industrial project, get in touch. We will be happy to guide you to the right stainless steel grade and to explain the benefits of your choice.