In this day and age we look around for products and materials to not only be non-degradable but also recyclable for the purpose of environmental awareness and to reduce the carbon footprint so that we can have a sustainable future.
With a growing interest from millennial’s regarding the worlds environmental concerns and with major pushes and pleadings from millennial’s such as Greta Thunberg demanding for a better and more sustainable future, as we have all probably seen and heard her with her speech during the 2019 Climate Action Summit held in New York back in September, this is where stainless steel come into play.
Stainless steel is a product that is economically and environmentally the perfect choice for business around the world to help with the reduction on the carbon footprint and it does not cause any harm to nature and people. If the correct type or grade of stainless steel is chosen for an application, it can last till the project lasts. In its lifetime, it saves maintenance costs, inspection costs and production downtime costs. Because of its high durability properties, it can sustain in the worst of conditions and retain its original form. At the end of a project, the stainless steel also has a high scrap value and all of it is recyclable. To learn more on the different types of stainless steel grades, read our article ‘Types 304, 201 and 316 Stainless Steel Banding: Importance and differentiation’ located on our blog page at https://www.bandngo.com/blog/
Now let’s put on our scientist hats on and breakdown what stainless steel is made from. Stainless steel is composed of nickel, iron, chromium, and molybdenum among other raw materials. These metals are in high demand and that makes stainless steel a product of high demand as well. Despite the high demands for stainless steel, with new stainless steel that goes into production today it can be recycled in the future to produce more steel and this process goes on indefinitely. As far as durability and risk factors go, stainless steel is easy to clean and does not breed bacteria easily. That is why it is widely used in manufacturing of food and medicine. Chromium in stainless steel forms a natural, passive protective layer that prevents steel from corroding.
If the correct grade of steel is chosen for an application it poses little to no risk to the people handling it and it also becomes an environment-friendly choice as 100% of it is recycled at the end of its life. An important fact to note here is that stainless steel does not remain in the environment and poses no threat to humans and animals. Because of its excellent composition, stainless steel is the best choice by various industries because it ensures low maintenance costs and its longevity saves time and money. Companies can easily commit to stainless steel because it can recycle the steel and can always purchase recycled steel whenever needed.
With the growing amount of awareness, this has made stainless steel the material of choice by various industries. Stainless steel is deemed as a green product and the demand for this material has been the highest of any material in the world.
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