Sustainable Metals & Materials
316 stainless steel is a clean, durable, corrosion resistant material with a design life expectancy of over fifty years. When it comes to applications with chlorinated solutions or exposure to salt, grade 316 stainless steel is considered superior.
Stainless steel is playing an important role in sustainable design and alternative energy evolution. Ultimately, the most environmentally friendly materials are corrosion resistant and durable, have high-recycled content and recapture rates, provide long service life and reduce resource use. Stainless steel provides all these benefits. If the correct stainless steel is selected and properly maintained, it will last the life of the project.
Specifiers have become increasingly aware that truly sustainable materials should not only meet the intended design life requirements but should also be recaptured at the end-of life (EOL) and either reused or recycled into new high-quality products. The least sustainable materials are burned to produce energy or sent to landfills after service, which depletes natural resources.