Zinc is Essential for Sustainable Development
Zinc is Durable
One of zinc’s most important characteristics is its ability to protect steel against corrosion. The life and durability of steel are greatly improved when coated with zinc as with hot dip galvanized steel articles. No other material can provide such efficient and cost-effective protection for steel.
Zinc is Natural
Zinc is a natural component of the earth’s crust and an integral part of our environment. Zinc is present in rock and soil, air, water and the biosphere.
Zinc is Essential for the Environment
Zinc is a natural element and plays an essential role in the biological processes of all humans, animals and plants.
Zinc is Recyclable
Zinc can be recycled infinitely without loss of properties and quality. While the recycling rate of zinc depends mainly on the collection rate of zinc-containing products at their end of life, over 90% of these collected products are recycled.
Zinc is Essential for Human Health
Zinc is an essential nutrient for human health, and every human needs zinc to survive. Ensuring adequate levels of zinc intake is a key component in efforts to reduce child illness, enhance physical growth and decrease mortality in developing countries.
Zinc is Essential for Crops
Adding zinc to soils and crops can make a significant contribution towards goals of increased food security and human health in a sustainable manner.
Zinc is a Sustainable Source of Energy
Zinc-based energy systems have tremendous advantages including high specific energy, recyclability, safety, low cost and zero emissions.
Zinc is a Sustainable Resource
Zinc, with its key attributes of essentiality, durability and recyclability, is well positioned as a material of choice for a sustainable society.
More information is available in the “Zinc…A Sustainable Material” document available for download here and your local galvanizing association can provide more information on sustainability.