Fun Fact Friday: The Statue of Liberty
Did you know that the Statue of liberty is coated with 31 tons of copper.
So why is she green?
That's because of the natural oxidation of the copper coating. When the Statue of Liberty was completed in 1886, she actually was more the color of a copper penny.
Fun Fact Friday: Iron
Today, 90% of all metal that is refined is iron. Most of this is being used to make steel which, as we know, is extremely important for making a wide variety of things; from skyscrapers to home appliances.
Fun Fact Friday: Aluminium & Tin
In a landfill, aluminium and tin cans will stick around for decades. It can take as long as 50 years for a steel food can to decompose, and as long as 200 years for aluminium to break down. This isnt as long as plastic bags, but it's still quite a long time!
Fun Fact Friday: Scrapping Your Car
Scrapping your car saves tonnes of raw material! Giving your car to the scrap yard for recycling instead of sending it to landfill saves around 55kg of limestone, 635kg of coal and 1134kg of iron ore; that's nearly two tonnes of raw material!
Fun Fact Friday: Recycling Steel
Did you know that recycling steel reduces 97% of the mining waste produced through the manafacture of resources and cuts back 86% on air pollution and 76% on water pollution?
This shows the importance of recycling.
Fun Fact Friday: uPVC
uPVC is made from just two main elements - salt and oil. Unlike other plastics, it doesn't use plasticisers, which are added to other plastics to make them flexible. This means that it remains rigid and low maintenance and light-weight, ideally suited to use in construction products.
Fun Fact Friday: Copper
Did you know that Cyprus was the source of copper used by the Romans, which they named Cyprium. This translates to "metal of Cyprus." This name was shortened to cyprium, and later, cyprium was changed to coprum. This was the origin of the English term, “copper.”
Fun Fact Friday: The Eiffel Tower
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is primarily made of iron and steel and that it is about six inches taller in the summer than in the winter. Why?
Because iron and steel expand when heated.
Fun Fact Friday: Recycling Conservatories
Did you know that the standard uPVC conservatory is almost completely recyclable? There are 3 main materials used in conservatories. uPVC, which is 100% recyclable. Aluminium, which is between 95% and 100% recyclable and glass which is 100% recyclable.
Fun Fact Friday: Discovery of Aluminium
Did you know that aluminium was only discovered in 1825? Although it was only discovered 196 years ago, it is the most abundant metal available on earth and highly recyclable. About two thirds of all the aluminium that has ever been produced is still in circulation.
Fun Fact Friday: uPVC is environmentally friendly
Did you know that uPVC is an environmentally-friendly material? As a plastic material used in window
manufacturing, uPVC is incredibly common. But it’s
generally misunderstood and many people think that using it is bad for the environment. Actually, uPVC is completely recyclable and can be repurposed up to 10 times without losing quality.
Fun Fact Friday: Recycling Aluminium Saves Energy
Did you know recycling aluminium saves a lot of energy? The energy saved from recycling just a single aluminium can could be used to continuously run a 100-watt light bulb for around 20 hours, a television for two hours, and a computer for three hours.
Fun Fact Friday: Steel is the worlds most recycled material
Did you know that Steel is the world’s most recycled material? It can be recycled infinitely without
deteriorating and recycling steel consumes around
60% less energy than it takes to manufacture virgin steel from iron ore. It is thought that almost every steel product on the modern market contains at least some recycled steel.
Fun Fact Friday: uPVC Products are Sustainable
Not only are uPVC products sustainable, they also have incredibly long lifespans. In fact, uPVC items can be recycled up to ten times or more without affecting their performance, according to the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The BRE estimates that uPVC window frames have a reference service life that lasts around 35-40 years on average.