Coil Anodized Aluminum Myths: Environmental Responsibility

Busting myths about coil anodized aluminum

This blog is part of a series addressing myths about coil anodized aluminum so you have the information you need to reflect your vision with Lorin aluminum. After debunking eight other common myths regarding continuous coil anodized aluminum, we’ve arrived at our final myth!

Myth: Anodized aluminum is not environmentally responsible.

Coil Anodized Aluminum from Lorin Industries is environmentally responsible both in terms of product and process. 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. Additionally, 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.

Paint, in comparison, contains chemicals that include VOCs, which are dangerous to humans, animals, and the environment.  Plus, painted aluminum requires further processing before it can be recycled. Unpainted aluminum like continuous coil anodized aluminum, on the other hand, is one of the only metals that is 100% recyclable and can be repeatedly recycled through simple re-melting.

As we’ve shown over the course of this blog post series, anodized aluminum eliminates many quality control issues faced in other architectural aluminum products. If architectural exterior applications require a material that is very durable, offers a natural metal look, is available in many colors and finishes, is environmentally responsible, can be formed into many shapes or parts, offers a great ROI, and is truly beautiful in unique ways that paint and other coatings cannot match, then anodized aluminum is an excellent solution.

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