NJ Steel Mezzanine Company Proud to Support Eco-Friendly Manufacturing
At Specialized Storage Solutions, we are proud to support American-made, eco-friendly manufacturing. We care about our impact, and we want our customers to have the best products possible. All of our space-saving solutions are designed and manufactured by thinking outside the box – and that includes supporting American manufacturing with recycled, American-made steel.
When your rapidly growing business demands additional storage space, our Strongbox MezzanineTM Systems offer an alternative to expensive, inconvenient facility renovation or warehouse relocation. Engineered to bring you the strength of structural steel at an economical roll-formed steel cost, a prefabricated Strongbox system lets you turn any unused space into new office, warehouse, or production areas. You can actually double your storage capacity in any space! What’s more, since free-standing mezzanines are considered capital equipment, installing a Strongbox system rather than expanding your building.
When you invest in steel mezzanine structures from Specialized Storage Solutions, rest assured in the knowledge that our product is made in ways that impact the environment as little as possible. Additionally, there’s the fact that it was made completely in America – which is by and of itself a guarantee of good quality.
Why Shop American-Made Products?
- High Labor Standards
American products are better, firstly, because the American government enforces labor standards that are fair towards workers. A company manufacturing in America needs to follow the United States Labor Laws, which ensure, for instance, that minimum wage is paid.
This may not directly impact the finished product, but it impacts the whole system. It’s similar to, say, organic thread. The thread itself will be more-or-less the same, but the farming practices, labor wages, manufacturing process etc. will all be better in the case of organic thread. You may not feel the difference when you stitch with the thread, but the demand you create by buying the product will affect the lives of thousands.
- Job Opportunities
Another important reason is that products manufactured in America open up job opportunities in the country. When a manufacturing plant is set up, hundreds (if not thousands) of people find employment. American-made products help fight unemployment, and this help our economy grow. So, if a company provides products made in America, it’s effectively working towards a better life for Americans.
- Environmental & Safety Regulations
Products made overseas do not need to follow the environmental and safety regulations that American-made products do, the result being that American products are a lot safer health-wise. Products imported from other nations may adversely affect the health of American buyers, as they may have chemicals or adulterants in them that are considered dangerous to our health by the standards of the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).
- Economic Independence
Creating products nationally would increase our independence. At the moment, a large portion of our demand is met by foreign nations. We place tremendous importance on trade agreements in the hope that we’ll receive products at lower prices. If more products were made in the country, we could reduce – and ultimately end – our reliance on foreign countries and become perfectly independent.
- Durability & Quality
A good indicator of a product’s quality is how long it lasts. American products have dominated products from other countries in this respect, because the cost-per-use for American-made products is often lower than that of products made overseas. Investing in quality steel structures reduces safety risks and increases longevity.
How is our manufacturing eco-friendly?
How can steel products be eco-friendly?
Metal impacts the environment in rather a different way than plastic does.
Minerals (which includes metals and non-metals) are naturally-occurring substances. They’re found in the Earth’s crust, and need to be mined, refined and shaped before they can be put to use. Steel isn’t a mineral itself, but an alloy – i.e., a combination of two or more different minerals.
The process of extracting and refining metals takes a lot of energy, which is usually in the form of electricity (or coal). As most people are aware, coal is one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution, as it releases massive amounts of greenhouse gases and other pollutants when burned. The process also requires large amounts of water – which are then turned into waste.
Now, the traditional way to make steel (and steel products) is by making the alloy from scratch and then making products such as a steel mezzanine from the ‘virgin’ (or previously unused) material. However, there’s a greener method of making steel products – by using recycled steel, which is the method our manufacturers use.
When using recycled steel, discarded steel (i.e., scrap metal) is melted down, and turned into fresh products. This bypasses the metal extraction, refining and alloy-making processes to a large extent, cutting down the energy usage by up to 67%. Furthermore, if stainless steel were produced entirely from scrap, carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced by a solid 70%.
A ton of recycled steel saves 1.5 tons of iron, half a ton of coal, and 40% of the water used in the production process. And that’s not all!
A million tons of recycled steel will save enough energy to power over nine hundred thousand houses for a full year. For example, the Australian city of Victoria recycles “around 1 million tonnes of commercial metal per year” – so you can see that it isn’t a very large amount. The difference it makes, however, is tremendous.
Another point in the favor of metal recycling is that while metal ore is a finite resource (i.e., there aren’t endless deposits in nature), recycled metal is a potentially infinite resource, since most products will at some point be discarded or go defunct – and those can be melted and reused perpetually to create a perfectly balanced cycle. Steel is unlike other metals in the fact that it doesn’t lose its strength when it’s recycled.
How can paint be eco-friendly?
Paint has a lot of chemicals and heavy metals in it – as do dyes and ink. If you’re a gardener, you may have heard the advice that colored newspaper pages shouldn’t be added to the compost pile. That’s because colored ink has heavy metals such as lead in it, which can hurt your plants and stunt their growth. So what can they do to you and the environment?
Heavy metals such as lead, zinc and cadmium are commonly found in paint. They can harm your garden and leach into groundwater (and your private well). When consumed, these metals accumulate in the body and can result in toxicity and damage to the liver, kidneys and intestines.
Paint also has volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs. You know that fresh paint smell, when you walk into a room that’s recently been painted? Some find it pleasant, others unbearable. The smell is in fact that of VOCs in the air, which can be injurious to your health, with both short and long-term effects.
From the website of the Environmental Protection Agency: “while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.”
Some types of paint may also include fungicides and biocide to increase their shelf life. These are synthetic chemicals that can harm the environment – especially the soil near painted structures. The chemicals in the paint will slowly leach into the soil and affect plant growth. Edible plants should never be grown close to structures with synthetic paint on them.
When this paint accumulates in landfills, the large quantities of toxic substances have a massive impact and can seriously deteriorate the water quality in surrounding areas.
Our products are painted using eco-friendly paint. That’s paint made using natural substances such as clay, citrus, balsam, milk proteins and minerals that don’t hurt the environment.
From the website of our manufacturer: “For decades, Borroughs has been investing in green technology to protect air quality and reduce pollution in our region of operation. Each year since 2002, our innovative paint-reclamation technology has prevented thousands of pounds of waste paint from amassing in a landfill by reformulating it into other colors—all VOC-free.”
At Specialized Storage Solutions, we’re aware of our customers’ needs just as much as those of the environment. We aim to create products that are more sustainable and serve our customers better.
Specialized Storage Solutions proudly uses Strongbox mezzanines for our installation. Strongbox is a trusted brand engineered for safety, durability, and economy. The flexibility of Strongbox, along with the expertise of Specialized Storage Solutions, provides you a solution for any of your space needs. View the Strongbox brochure here to read more about how Strongbox is the only brand you need.