Is Stainless Steel Environmentally Friendly?

Is Stainless Steel Environmentally Friendly?

Is stainless steel environmentally friendly? Why do we choose stainless steel? What is even stainless steel made up of? and How does stainless steel improve modern-day life? Well... the great debate continues and we are here to answer all of these questions for all you earth warriors. So firstly let’s find out if stainless steel and our environment are a good match for each other... We will let you decide on that.

Is Stainless Steel an environmentally friendly material?


The answer is yes, absolutely stainless steel is an environmentally friendly materialStainless steel is 100% recyclable and is considered to be a green product.

Also, stainless steel is not mixed with any toxic materials therefore stainless steel doesn’t produce any toxic run-off. If more companies and human beings were to use stainless steel as their material of choice we would notice a huge difference! The majority of companies tend to be quite blindsided to the modern-day chaos we face with our planet under a plastic crisis. It is undecided whether these companies simply just lack knowledge on sustainability, or they are not self-aware, or even worse… they just simply don’t care? We will leave that one for you to answer although here at Honest Evrth we are extremely aware. We are also extremely educated and we do care hence why our company was born to put a stop to this plastic crisis by offering stainless steel necklaces and other products. It’s more then a mission for us here at Honest Evrth… it’s a lifestyle to help keep our oceans clean. On the other hand, did you know even if the stainless steel is not recycled and it does find its way to a landfill or disposal site, it will have no detrimental effect on the soil or groundwater? Stainless Steel is a pretty amazing material right, Yes we think so. Furthermore

Stainless Steel is the preferred material for green buildings throughout the world. Its impact on the environment is minimal when compared to other materials and its life impact reduces significantly as it used and recycled. Also, today where environmental issues are so important in saving and preserving our world, stainless steel can emerge as an excellent recyclable material. So for those who reading… I think you know what your go-to material is now when thinking of the environment. So let's ask this question one more time... Is stainless steel an environmentally friendly material? Absolutely.


Why do we choose Stainless Steel?


So overall why do we even choose stainless steel as our choice of material? Well, let’s refresh your memory… stainless steel is 100% recycle and is considered to be environmentally friendly... I think the more appropriate question is… why wouldn’t we choose stainless steel !? Also, products that are made from stainless steel such as stainless steel wire or stainless steel banding will never become useless at the end of its life... Amazing right.


Why is this? This is because stainless steel can be separated systematically and can enter the recycling system. Now let's dive a little deeper for those well educated green eco earth lovers that are not satisfied with our answer (btw they are our favorite type of people :D). So it turns out recycling is deemed viable when applied to stainless steel because within the stainless steel is iron, nickel, chromium and all which are raw materials so the process of recycling stainless steel is carried out globally over the world. Any stainless steel object has about 60% recycled content within it. Also, don’t be fooled if you think production and recycling are separate stages in the life of stainless steel... This is far from the case and it’s important to notice that they are the same process.


Now let’s take a break from the technical side of things, for now anyway… we simply choose stainless steel as our choice of material as it’s long term life makes it an ideal environmental performer much better than many other materials. Did you know most stainless steel products last over several decades? That’s an amazing life span for a material that’s so environmentally friendly. So what happens when the end of life is reached for stainless steel? Well, the good news is it doesn’t end as the main alloying elements of stainless steel (chromium, nickel, and molybdenum) are all highly valuable and can easily be recovered and separated from other materials!


What is Stainless Steel made up of?

At the end of the day, you’re probably wondering… what is even stainless steel made up of that makes it so eco-friendly? Well we can definitely let you in on that secret. It goes a little something like this… during production, stainless steel uses scrap metal as its primary raw material, with up to 70% of the product coming from recycled material. Also, another bonus to our environment is increased efficiency in process technology which has decreased dramatically the amount of energy required to produce stainless steel. Let’s take a closer look into the percentages of materials used to manufacture stainless steel:

  • 25% Old scrap such as the end of life product
  • 35% New scrap which is returning from production
  • 40% New raw materials added


Furthermore despite the very high recyclability properties of stainless steel, in some situations, stainless steel will manage to find it’s way into disposal sites, etc. What does this mean? Well, it means stainless steel will have no damaging effects on the soil and water here on planet Earth. Pretty crazy right? Yes, we think so too.. hence why we choose stainless steel over many other materials.


but I know some of you have got this far and now you’re thinking…


How does Stainless Steel improve modern-day life?

Well... Stainless steel has many environmental and social benefits. Stainless steel products allow us not only to lead a healthier life but they are also cleaner for the environment. So let’s dive into it and discuss the main examples where stainless steel is used.
Improvements the air quality
Firstly in today's moving world air emissions are always a problem, where pollution is of such importance. Many factors add to this problem such as cars on the road, planes in the air and production factories. It’s known today that ‘greenhouse gases’ are increasing dramatically having a seriously negative impact on climate change, not to mention acid rain is worth noting too. So how could it be that some marvelous material like stainless steel could help improve our air quality? Well, new catalytic converters use stainless steel for the holding and transportation of catalytic substances. These new machines are much more energy efficient. Now let’s put things into the bigger picture... Stainless steel being the chosen material for these new machines has made a huge positive impact on our environment. These stainless steel converters help decrease pollution on motor vehicles, generator sets, forklifts, mining equipment, trucks, buses, and trains, etc.

So how else does stainless steel benefit our environment?


 Reduction in the use of fossil fuels

We all know that it is important to save the world's supply of fossil fuels. News headlines are always pushing the need for us all to do our part to save non-renewable energy forms. Stainless steel is now being used in many applications which can help to reduce the use of fossil fuels. It is believed that rooftop solar panels do not reduce the use of fossil fuels whereas stainless steel versions can account for a considerable part of the energy needed for the preparation of hot water and room heating. So there you have it... Stainless steel helps reduce the use of fossil fuels.


Also here’s a bit of a fun environmental fact for you whilst we are at it: “Stainless steel condensing boilers have a 100% efficiency rating”. Furthermore, stainless steel is used in the manufacture of condensing boilers. Did you know condensing boilers are today’s most energy-efficient heating method? Well now you do.. also stainless steel is required because of the condensation that occurs during the process, therefore our beautiful stainless steel material is of high importance to this process.

Okay so now you know quite a bit on how stainless steel effects ‘greenhouse gases’ in a positive manner. Now let’s jump to another important topic; Stainless Steel Keeps water clean.


Yes, that’s right, stainless steel keeps our water clean, that’s how important a material stainless steel is. Now not only does it benefit our health but it benefits the environment as well. So let’s dig a little deeper to find out how stainless steel can help keep water cleaner:


Stainless steel pipes for drinking systems help keep the water clean and quality standards high. Stainless steel guarantees lasting hygiene and prevents the formation of any medium on which bacteria can grow. Correct grade selection will minimize the risk of any localized corrosion, meaning there is practically no contamination of water in contact with the stainless steel. What a miracle right? 


Today even wastewater plants are using stainless steel in the transportation of wastewater products, due to the possible nature of the water. Stainless steels are known for their durability and low maintenance which in a nutshell makes it one of the best materials to use, that’s without a doubt.


By this point.. I presume your mind is blown... You’re probably now wondering what can’t stainless steel do?


Well, it gets better.. Stainless Steel Reduces waste.


That’s right stainless steel can be used to prevent the number of waste gases and materials given off, as well as the disposal of waste products. Furthermore, the composting process releases many corrosive gases, stainless steel is best used for this process. Other reasons for its use include its ability to last over a long period, therefore making it more economically attractive. Stainless steel is even being used for the recycling of cardboard and paper, meaning it makes a major contribution to the reduction of the waste steam as well as the protection of trees.


So back to our original question... Is stainless steel environmentally friendly? Well, it’s fair to say stainless steel is an environmentally friendly material right?

 Well we certainly think so.


In conclusion let’s finish up with an interesting statistic for you… In 2007, around 27 million tonnes of stainless steel was produced, taking approximately 16 million tonnes of recycled stainless steel and other materials to generate this quantity. Now today we are not aware of any other material that is beneficial to our environment. The amount of recycled stainless steel in any stainless object is approximately 60%, this will increase however as the use of stainless steel expands as stainless steel produced today will not necessarily be recycled for 20-30 years.

So overall stainless steel is extremely environmentally friendly. In this article we have explained to you why it is environmentally friendly, why we choose this material, what stainless steel is made up of and how does stainless steel improves modern-day life. With thorough research, Honest Earth was extremely careful about the material chosen for our necklaces. We wanted to make sure the best possible materials were being used for both the environment and the buyer and we can happily say stainless steel was our material of choice. Honest Evrth will continue their mission to remove millions of pounds of plastic from our oceans from the purchase of their stainless steel Honest Necklaces and we would love for you to join the movement today! Thanks for taking the time to read this article today as we do appreciate the special people like YOU who research to make our environment a better place.