February 2, 2020 in Steel

7 Reasons Steel is Eco-Friendly

Steel is a unique material because it can be infinitely recycled. In fact, it is one of the most sustainable materials in the world. At Arizona Iron Supply in Phoenix we are passionate about the sustainability of steel! Here are some reasons steel is one of the most eco-friendly building materials:


1. Steel is the most recycled material in the world. 

More steel is recycled every year than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined! Each year, over 80 million tons of steel scrap are recycled in North America. All steel in use today in North America contains at least a portion of previously used steel. 

2. Steel is 100% recyclable. 

It can be recycled over and over again without loss of strength or other properties, making it an ideal building material. All steel can be recovered and completely recycled into a brand new steel product, which is not true for most recyclable materials. 

3. All areas of renewable energy need steel to function. 

All sectors of renewable energy rely on steel, including the agriculture, solar, wave and tidal, hydroelectric, and wind industries. Therefore renewable energy would not be possible without steel! 

4. Iron and steel can easily be diverted from waste streams. 

Because of their magnetic properties, they can be easily separated from other materials in the waste stream so that they can be recycled. 

5. Steel is used for its durability and longevity. 

Because steel is so strong and it can last for decades, steel buildings do not need to be replaced as often as buildings made from other materials. 

6. The steel industry has substantially lowered its CO2 emissions. 

The steel industry in North America has been working towards creating more energy-efficiency plants. Many of today’s steel factories produce little to no carbon dioxide emissions.  

7. Most of the water used to produce steel is recycled. 

This makes the entire production process of steel eco-friendly! 


Steel Supplier in Arizona 

The fact that steel is eco-friendly is just one of the many reasons why steel is the most preferred metal of architects, designers, engineers, contractors, and fabricators. In addition to being eco-friendly, steel is highly durable, corrosion resistant, tensile and affordable. At Arizona Iron Supply in Phoenix, our team of experts can help you with all your industrial fabrication requirements. Give us a call if you have questions or stop by our warehouse to see our extensive inventory of high quality steel products.

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