Stainless Steel and Sustainability

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) recently published an article relating to sustainability in the stainless steel industry. It highlights the many benefits to be gained by improving environmental performance and thus sustainability.

Stainless steel is an inherently sustainable material for a number of reasons. Like many other metals, stainless steel can be recycled an infinite number of times without any reduction in quality.

This is due to the fact that re-solidification of the metal restores metallic bonds, allowing the material to regain all of its original properties of performance. This contrasts sharply with non-metallic materials, the quality and performance of which degrades further after each recycling process.

Stainless steel is not harmful to people, either in production or while being used; this is why it is the primary material used in food-processing, catering, household and medical applications. The metal also helps to improve the quality of life of many people by driving forward technical advances.

Structures, machines and other objects made using stainless steel have a significantly longer service life than those made from other materials. Resistant to fire, chemical attack and corrosion, stainless steel involves low maintenance costs. Even the by-products resulting from steelmaking can be used: slag, for example, is used in asphalt for road building.

BS Stainless is committed to improving sustainability. For more information regarding this crucial factor, get in touch with our team today.

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