When most people go out to buy fasteners, they usually get stainless steel hex head cap screws, stainless steel hex nuts and many other fasteners made out of this metal. One of the issues that most people have to contend with is the environmental impact of using stainless steel fasteners. This is mainly due to the […]

When most people go out to buy fasteners, they usually get stainless steel hex head cap screws, stainless steel hex nuts and many other fasteners made out of this metal. One of the issues that most people have to contend with is the environmental impact of using stainless steel fasteners. This is mainly due to the fact that many people are now more conscious of the environment, and for this reason will try to do as much as they can to reduce their effect on it. The use of stainless steel products such as fasteners can have a negative influence on the environment, particularly if you don’t pay attention to how you go about acquiring and using them.

The process of mining for stainless steel

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One of the main ways in which the use of such fasteners can be detrimental to the environment is when it’s gotten. In order to make steel, iron has to be mined. This process often results in the deposition of waste materials into the air, and also onto the ground as well. Depending on the technique used in the mining, this can result in contamination of water as well. The use of machinery that depends on fossil fuels in order to run can also result in deposition of dangerous gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This has been responsible for global warming and climate change in the recent past.

 

What you can do to reduce this effect

If you are interested in limiting the effect that the products have on the environment, there are many things you can do. One of these is by buying your stainless steel fasteners from companies that have a good ethic when it comes to the environment. Most of these usually go to great lengths to offset the damage that mining for iron will have on the environment. For instance, they can use more environmentally sustainable methods for obtaining the metal. In addition to that, they can also compensate for the environmental damage by taking part in such measures as planting trees and re-afforestation.
In addition to that, you can also buy the products from a firm that recycles. There are many fastener manufacturers that depend largely on recycled metals to manufacture the products that they sell. By buying from them, you will have played a role in reducing the effect of iron ore mining on the environment. If you decide to go down this road, you should also consider recycling the products that you don’t need as well. For instance, if you want to get rid of used stainless steel items or fasteners, you can sell them to a recycling plant rather than simply throwing them away. This way, you will be encouraging such recycling, and doing your part in protecting it.
In summary, there are many factors you need to keep in mind when using stainless steel fasteners as far as the environment is concerned. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that using them will have a minimal effect on the environment.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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