19 Jan 2018
One of the most overlooked characteristics of Stainless Steel products is environmental sustainability. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, one ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. These numbers are in stark contrast to the environmentally detrimental processes necessary to manufacture materials such as fiberglass or polyvinyl chloride conduit, which are sometimes selected as cheaper alternatives to stainless steel in electrical conduit systems.
In order to understand what makes stainless steel such a sustainable material, it’s important to learn what stainless steel is composed of. There are many different grades and finishes of stainless steel engineered for a wide variety of applications, however, there are a few elements that can be found in all forms of stainless steel. Among these are iron, nickel, molybdenum, and chromium, which is what gives stainless steel its signature shiny finish. When stainless steel is recycled and melted down, these valuable alloys are able to be extracted and reused with no degradation in performance from product to product. In fact, the vast majority of stainless steel is manufactured using previously recycled materials.
When selecting an electrical conduit system, only stainless steel offers 100% recyclability and superior corrosion resistance.