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July 18, 2018

The Sustainable Material: Steel

What are the major factors that illustrate the sustainability of steel?

  1. Minimal hazards
  2. Environmentally friendly
  3. Economic growth



Steel is definitely one of the most vital construction materials here in the Philippines. Whether it’s a deformed bar or an angle bar, there are several steel products that are heavily utilized for a variety of purposes in a myriad of industries. But what is it about steel that gives it its illustrious strength and durability?

Steel is a unique and sustainable material because once it is made, it can be used for literally a lifetime. Steel is infinitely recyclable, investing in the production of steel is never an apparent waste due to the fact that the material can be utilized by future generations.

Let’s explore the most fundamental and core factors that illustrate the miraculous sustainability of steel as a material:



Health and Safety

Steel is a material that is used and not consumed. Steel is arguably the only true recyclable material because even with age and use, there is no downgrading for steel. The steel recycling loop is one that is closed.

Sustainable materials do not harm people. Steel as a material in its use and production process respects the human being in terms of health and safety; it does not inflict any danger in terms of people working with it or in the production of it. From its initial production to ultimate disposal, steel has virtually zero hazardous tendencies or those who handle it.

There is a protective layer that naturally forms on all stainless steels because of the chromium consistency. This passive layer shields and protects steel from corrosion, thus, ensuring a long lifespan. Given that the correct grade of steel is selected in line with a particular application, steel remains inherently and intrinsically harmless to people as well as the environment.

It is these characteristics of stainless steel that make it one of the primary materials used in medical apparatuses, food processing equipment, and even household and catering appliances. The resistive properties of stainless steel in its many applications ensure that human beings are protected.



Environmentally Friendly

Protecting and Preserving the Environment

With steel, the emission footprints that relate to carbon, water, and air are minimized. Steel reuse and recycling capacities are at high levels. Steel as a material has objectively low maintenance costs and a long lifespan, which are both clear indicators of how much positive impact steel as a constructive material has on the planet in its entirety.

Stainless steels, especially, are easily recycled as to the process of producing more stainless steels. It is also a given fact that this process can go on an indefinite timeframe. According to statistics, it is estimated that about 80% of stainless steels are recycled at the end of their lifespans. A stainless steel that consists of a high intrinsic value, is collected and recyclable without any incentives from the public economy.

It is also well worth noting that steel can be endlessly recycled without losing or diminishing any of its highly-reputable and distinguished strength and durability. Even minutely cut pieces of steel, as well as rejected components, can effortlessly be recycled upon fabrication.



Economy and Profitability

The industries that produce steel as a material clearly show evident long-term growth as well as sustainability. Steel provides incredible reliability and quality for its large global market of customers. Steel production ensures a solid supply chain to its customers.

Selecting stainless steel for any application entails that it will have relatively low maintenance costs and a long lifespan that makes stainless steel an optimal and economic option as a consumer durable, in the same light as refrigerators and washing machines. Besides the realm of consumer durables, stainless steel can also serve as a crucial component in the world of capital goods, with applications such as transportation and chemical processing.

Stainless steels have better mechanical properties than most other metals. The fire and corrosion resistance properties of stainless steel make it the ideal material choice for buildings and other public infrastructures such as railways, subways, bridges, and tunnels.

It is also imperative to mention that stainless steels have an aesthetically pleasing allure in its material appearance. With this in mind, it is evident that stainless steel is the material of choice for the demanding world of architecture and design.



Key Takeaway

Steel is a material that ubiquitously utilized here in the Philippines. Besides deformed bars and angle bars, steel is a material that is used and applied for products in almost every industry here in the country. Steel is available in many forms: stainless, galvanized, carbon, and mind. But each variation of steel material has its own unique aesthetic and physical components that are able to serve everything from structural to decorative purposes.

Steel is one of the world’s sturdiest industrial and construction materials, but besides this, steel is also hailed as the most sustainable material in the world because of its most essential properties.

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