Save a Tree – Choose Stainless Steel.
Stainless steel is the preferred building material when it comes to green and sustainable building. Not only does stainless steel last longer than other materials, but it has a significantly smaller impact on the environment.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. When stainless steel is produced its primary raw material is scrap metal – therefore it is also made from recycled material. Stainless steel is both recycled material and recyclable material.
Stainless steel is not coated with any toxic materials and therefore does not produce any toxic or dangerous run-off. It also does not corrode or rust and can be left in any weather conditions, indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. If stainless steel is not recycled and lands up in a rubbish dump or land fill the good news is that, because it has no toxic run-off, it will not contaminate the land and soil around it.
The fact that stainless steel is so durable also makes it more environmentally friendly. When materials corrode they become less aesthetically pleasing as well as less functional and can be a structural hazard. Therefore materials that corrode faster need to be replaced more often – and this creates more waste and a negative impact on the environment.
With the current growth in environmental concern the need for and awareness of sustainable architecture, and green architecture, is growing. People and businesses are trying to make cuts where possible to lower their carbon footprint and it is for this reason that stainless steel architecture is becoming more widely used.
Whether you are using stainless steel for building structures, balustrades or hand rails, surface finishes, or even the kitchen sink, you are definitely making the right choice for the environment, and for your building.