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The Plastic Pollution Problem and the Stainless Steel Solution

April 16th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News, Stainless Steel

Why is plastic such popular headline material this year? Well, because plastic pollution has finally reached a boiling point. Even with an increased awareness and consciousness of recycling, research warns that the amount of discarded plastic in just the ocean will triple in the next decade. If this warning becomes reality, in ten years there will be more plastic in our oceans than there are fish.

Sounds bleak, right? Well, the good news is that just as we’re all responsible for this issue, we can also all chip in to help. Every small change to our plastic-using habits helps, and we’ve already taken a huge first step by being more aware of the problem.

Stainless steel is considered the most reliable and safest material for industrial grade containers. Stainless steel drums, like the ones we manufacture at Skolnik, have long been a favorite for the storage and transportation of chemicals, consumables, hazardous materials and more. In recent years, plastic drums and containers entered the scene and boasted their superior lightweight and flexibility. However, there is a reason stainless steel drums are still considered the gold standard. Not only can they promise levels of durability and sanitation that porous plastic cannot, but they are also vastly more eco-friendly.

And, with plastic pollution clogging our oceans and newsfeeds, more businesses and individuals are actively trying to cut down on their plastic waste, and they are turning to stainless steel to help. In fact, the global stainless steel market is currently being driven by an increased demand for consumer goods. Consumers are picking up reusable stainless steel straws to cut back on plastic straw use, businesses are implementing stainless steel water refill stations for their employees or patrons, and more.

We hope that stainless steel products such as our stainless steel drums continue to help people cut down on plastic waste and reverse the disastrous predictions of environmental experts.


Why Food and Pharmaceuticals Love Stainless Steel Drums

January 22nd, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

These days it seems like stainless steel is everywhere: in kitchens, in bathrooms, in jewelry, it’s a very popular alloy in day to day life. Two areas stainless steel is particularly popular are in food and pharmaceutical industries. So why do foodies and pharmaceuticals love this strong steel alloy?

First, stainless steel drums have a high corrosion and impact resistance so its contents are safe from compromise in many transport or storage situations or disasters. Additionally, it’s easy to clean. Why do you think we love having stainless steel appliances in our kitchens? They are known to be nearly impenetrable to stains and any build up is incredibly easy to wipe away. The same goes for stainless steel drums. Stainless steel contains a high percentage of chromium which protects the surface of the steel by blocking oxygen and preventing any corrosive materials from penetrating the metal. Easy maintenance and cleaning is a quality particularly useful for liquid containment and food production and pharmaceutical development are liquid-heavy industries.

Sanitation is abundantly important in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Not only is stainless steel easy to clean, but all grades of stainless steel barrels offer a high level of protection and sanitation. Nothing dirty or damaging is getting into a 316 surgical stainless steel barrel and even the lower grades, such as a 409, offers its contents more protection than a standard or galvanized carbon drum.

So, fill away pharmaceutical and food producers. Stainless steel drums can take it. And, since they are so easy to clean, feel free to reuse your Skolnik stainless steel drums again and again.

Efficient and cost effective? It’s no wonder stainless steel gets a lot of love.