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Zinc life cycle: how it contributes to circular economy
Industrial zinc life cycle is based on the principles of circular economy and it contributes in different ways to the protection of our Earth. In this post we are going to describe how zinc, thanks to its countless properties, positively impacts on our planet.
Zinc is not only a metal used for die casting: first of all it is a natural occurring element that is essential for life and it is considered a “Life Saving Commodity” by the United Nations. Zinc indeed plays a fundamental role for our planet: it is vital for the natural development of biological processes of every living thing, such as cell division, protein synthesis, immune system and growth. It is therefore an essential element for life.
Furthermore zinc is highly recyclable, when it reaches the end of its life cycle it can indeed be recycled without losing any physical property, thus representing a new source of raw material. Approximatively 45% of available zinc at the end of life cycle is recovered and recycled; in Europe and in the United States this percentage reaches even 50%.
It is exactly this characteristic that is a key element for sustainability and development of a circular economy.
Zinc contributes to circular economy
Circular economy is an economic model based on waste reduction and on the development of a circular life cycle, at the end of which a product is no more considered a waste for disposal but is instead a new source of raw material. Zinc fits perfectly in this model: zinc life cycle indeed starts from mining, goes through refining process in order to be used in the modern society and ends with recycling stage at the end of its useful life. During this cycle zinc contributes in different ways to the well-being of our planet:
• It is highly recyclable, thus reducing need for new raw material and exploitation of natural resources
• It protects steel used for infrastructures and transport from corrosion extending the life cycle of steel products
• When used for coating steel it contributes to the reduction in CO2 emissions
The countless areas of use of zinc and its excellent physical properties therefore confirm the great importance that zinc life cycle has for our planet. Here in Bruschi we are proud to use a highly sustainable material, essential for life and for the protection of the riches of our Earth.
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