There is much debate over how stainless steel, sometimes even referred to as the “miracle metal” was discovered. But regardless of the origin, the discovery of stainless steel has either changed or created every aspect of the new world. From uses in food production, jewelry, medical environments, construction and automobiles, there is little stainless steel can’t do.
The Miracle Metal
Stainless steel is an alloy of iron with a minimum of 10.5% Chromium. This Chromium produces a layer of oxide on the surface of the steel known as a ‘passive layer’ which prevents corrosion of the surface. The more chromium the more corrosion resistance. Stainless steel also contains Carbon, Silicon, Nickel, Nitrogen, Molybdenum and Manganese which may enhance formidability, pliability and resistance to corrosion.
The combination of unique properties in stainless steel allows it to behave differently than other metals.
- Very easy to clean and maintain.
- Does not impart flavors to food or water.
- Rust/corrosion resistance.
- Strong and Durable.
- Beautiful shine.
- Can be recycled infinitely.
The most environmentally friendly materials are those that are corrosion resistant, durable and recyclable. The stainless steel Water Watch Company uses for its watches, buckles, and fine jewelry is sustainable, formidable and designed to last forever.
One of the greatest aspects of stainless steel is that it is 100% recyclable and its impact on our environment is very small—even smaller as it is used and recycled over and over again. During this recycling, stainless steel maintains its quality and metallurgical properties. Some finishings on stainless steel like acids, render portions of the material non-recyclable.
But for the most part, stainless steel from automobiles, structures, and even the forks we use to eat with, are recycled to make the most beautiful and long-lasting products.
Water Watch Company is proud to work with the leading stainless steel suppliers in the world using the highest amounts of recycled stainless steel—up to 86% and increasing.
The durability and recyclability of stainless steel also reduces life-cycle costs of consumption, energy usage and time to mine other valuable resources. For every ton of recycled stainless steel, it saves 1 1/2 tons of iron ore, 1/2 a ton of coal, and 40 percent of the water normally used in the production process. By using ferrous scrap rather than virgin materials in the production of steel, CO2 emissions are reduced by 58 percent.
Water Used in Processing Stainless Steel
Our Stainless Steel
Non-recycled Stainless Steel
The Story of Our Stainless Steel
The benefits of stainless steel are significant. As one of the most valuable and efficient resources our planet has ever known, the recyclability of this material makes for a cleaner and healthier environment for us all. For every product Water Watch Company creates with stainless steel, there is a story; it continues with you, but it doesn’t end there. The story of our stainless steel will last far beyond us all, and that is what makes it a miracle.