The first thing that strikes when you hold a stainless steel item is the feeling of durability. Drop a glass bottle, it breaks, drop a stainless steel bottle… it breaks the floor. 

Joke aside, stainless steel items are known for their capacity to take some beatings and for their general longevity. Moreover, that material is also resistant to corrosion thanks to the inclusion of a small percentage of self-repairing chromium during the manufacturing process.

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And if it does break or becomes useless? Is stainless steel biodegradable? Well, stainless steel properties make it an inert material, thereby it isn’t biodegradable. But, unlike plastic, it is easily recyclable and can be recycled endlessly, without quality loss. In fact, when buying a new stainless steel item, chances are that it is already made of 50 to 60% of recycled content.

Durable, resistant to rust, low maintenance and recyclable, stainless steel is definitely gentle on the planet. But what about its impact on health?

That material is a top-choice for medical items and food processing… two sectors where an excellent hygiene is vital. And for a good reason, but make sure you opt for good quality stainless steel.

In general, you want to look for BPA-free, chemical-free and food grade stainless steel. In addition to be corrosion resistant, stainless steel is easy to clean and, unlike plastic, doesn’t leak harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalapes.

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Now, when it comes to pick stainless steel for cookware, you may want to keep an eye on food grades and keep the amount of nickel as low as possible. Indeed, there are some concerns of small quantities of chromium and nickel leaching with long cooking time and high temperature. 

In any case, stainless still remains a healthier cooking solution than teflon, aluminium an many non-stick items. 

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