Phew! Looking at all the different information on copper sinks is time consuming! What is astounding is some of the frightening misinformation out there. Based on some readings, one would think that the only think copper products should be made of just processed from the mines virgin copper or face problems of horror movie proportions. Despite the fact that copper is the most recycled metal and can be continuously recycled again and again, there are those who would have you believe recycled copper is an unspeakable evil. Rather strange for our “green living” reduce, reuse, recycle mindset, isn’t it?
Believe it or not recycled copper (or scrap) provides 44-55% of the total copper consumed in the U.S. over the course of a year. Further, most recycled copper is NOT the lead alloy/dangerous to your health variety some information would have you believe. This website from Copper.Org will give you some more information about recycled copper. Copper.org
Recycled copper is beneficial to the earth. It costs less than copper ore to purify and smelt, it uses less energy than mining and producing new copper, and when taken from pure scrap, is no different than new or virgin copper. Of course as a consumer we should be certain we are not getting a product with a lead alloy (and unfortunately that can be a risk with some companies overseas), but the words recycled copper should not strike fear in your heart.
Copper sinks made from pure recycled material are the structural and compositional equivalent of their virgin copper counterparts. Recycled copper sinks have the advantage of being earth friendly, appropriate in ‘green” building, and an economical way to add recycled material into your design.
Still a little worried? Our IAPMO UPC label lets you know our copper sinks were tested for their purity and are found to meet IAPMO standards.