From the February/March 2007 Issue:

Stainless Steel: An Old Metal for a New Century

  • Writer: Lisa Rackley

Friendly and functional, an old metal for a new century

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enlarge | Solid stainless steel faucets from MGS are approved by the National Sanitation Foundation, which assures no lead or other toxic particles leech into drinking water. The Randa K2 model comes in a glazed or shiny finish and sports a single lever with a rotating outlet. Source: Hardware Designs Inc. in Fairfield, MY HOME NJ in Paramus, or go to
Who knew the material of kitchen sinks and professional stoves would be in the forefront of the green movement? Stainless steel, discovered in 1913, has an excellent environmental track record largely because it is self-sustaining and is actively recycled on a large scale around the world. It is systematically separated, and scraps are recharged in an electric furnace for remelting back into stainless steel to be used in everything from sinks and faucets to indoor and outdoor appliances and even furniture.

Though some companies have offered stainless steel products for years, more and more are following suit as environmental concerns have grown into a primary issue for homeowners. Among the advantages of stainless steel:

" The material is 100% rcyclable. Over 50% o new stainless steel comes from remelted stainless steel scrap.

" It resists rust, fire, and stains and comes in many attractive finishes.

" A hygienic, low-maintenance profile makes it easy to clean, with no harsh chemicals to dump down the drain.

For more information, visit the Stainless Steel Industry of North America's website,