Steel is mainly composed of iron, carbon and chromium. It contains at least 18% chromium, the percentage is significant because chromium combines with oxygen to form a thin, invisible layer of oxide that contains chromium. This protective layer is what makes stainless steel «stainless.» Stainless steel is not really stainless, it is just extremely resistant to corrosion.
Type 316L contains 2-3% molybdenum for increased corrosion resistance. Which means that by using stainless steel, we are bringing industrial grade, non-corrosive strength to our designs.
L means it has a low carbon content of 0.03%, a necessary component for the alloy to resist corrosion.
We use 316L stainless steel as raw material. It is considered the most efficient, safe and ecological metal, it is the «green material» par excellence, recyclable to infinity.
The steel we use is 100% recyclable, and 60% new steel comes from remelted steel. So the replacement of the existing metal is negligible, apart from its ease of recycling at the end of its useful life.
Steel in general has less mining because the corrosion rates are very low and the recycling percentages are very high.
Corrosion and the Environment
Its recycling and reuse allow us to reduce tons of greenhouse gases, thus taking care of our planet. Becoming a sustainable, precious, safe, anti-allergenic product and its resistance to corrosion.
It is an unalterable material, totally inert in its relationship with the environment: in contact with substances such as water, it does not release compounds that can alter the composition.
The emission footprints of steel are practically minimal, especially those related to carbon, water and air. Its impact on the planet is one of the lowest in CO2 and other emissions, partly also due to the use of the most advanced technologies. It is a fact that work is being done so that in 2030 emissions are 0%.
Stainless steel is a material of high hardness, toughness, resistance and long durability.
As it is a hard material, the designs will retain their shape and will last for a long time.
With its resistance to rust, oxidation and discoloration, this corrosion resistant alloy allows us to preserve designs for a long period of time. (We are talking about steel without gold pvd coating).
Stainless steel meets all aspects of the circular economy: reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle.
Steel, both in its production, recycling, use or even disposal phase does not harm people in health or safety.
It does not produce allergic reactions, nor does it leave greenish discolorations on your skin.
The 316L stainless steel we use has obtained ISO9001 quality certificate.