In praise of stainless steel

In this fragile world where we need to embark on global recycling in order to preserve the future of the planet, one material has perhaps been overlooked even though it is all around us in our homes, offices and cities. It has been taken for granted for too long.

Stainless steel has enormous strength and durability, and it is widely used in our daily lives. Maybe it is because it is a material made up of a whole family of steels with varying chromium contents that makes it the toughest and best option.

From the smallest razor blades to telling the time, and from preparing food to creating architecture for our cities’ sky lines, this is a material which lasts. Where other materials come and go and reach a point of no return, this king of materials stands the test of time.

Around 90% of stainless steel products are recycled at the end of their useful lives. This is a staggering statistic, especially when you consider that there is no such thing as a 100% recycled or 100% new stainless steel. Using end of life stainless steel is a normal part of the process.

And the best – and most important bit – is this: even when stainless steel has been used for decades, it can be recycled again and again and again. It has far less of an impact on the environment. Put these massive advantages against the too-widely-used plastics industry, and it is hard to fathom why we do not push for the stainless steel option more often.

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