Anodized Aluminum vs Painted Aluminum: Environmental Responsibility

Welcome to Video # 5 in Lorin’s series to help you understand the advantages of coil anodized aluminum provided by Lorin Industries, contrasted with some of the myths you may have heard. This video addresses how Lorin Industries’ anodized aluminum is environmentally responsible, in both product and process.

Myth 9 - Anodized aluminum is not environmentally responsible

Anodized aluminum remains pure aluminum, with nothing that can create VOCs or off-gassing. There are no red list items in anodized aluminum, and it meets ROHS standards.

Clear anodized aluminum is approved for primary food contact by the National Sanitary Foundation, and all colored anodized aluminum is approved for splash zone food areas. Additionally, aluminum oxide is often used in products such as baking soda and anti-perspirant.

The anodizing process is environmentally friendly, creating no hazardous waste. The process uses high and low ph chemicals that combine to create an environmentally neutral by-product. Lorin actually extracts and recycles most of the chemicals used in its process. Lorin’s waste water treatment facility returns water to the city, with no additional treatment required. Additionally, Lorin has its own clean energy natural gas powered co-generation power plant to be more environmentally responsible, and to lessen the city’s power burden during peak demand hours.

Aluminum is one of the only metals that is 100% recyclable, and can be repeatedly recycled through simple re-melting. It can also contribute to LEED points under the indoor air quality and cool roof sections of the rating system.

Paint contains chemicals that include VOC's, which are dangerous to humans, animals, and the environment. Additionally, painted aluminum requires further processing before it can be recycled.

Fact 9: Lorin Industries' Coil Anodized Aluminum is environmentally responsible in both product and process

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