You may know that water conservation is at the forefront of environmental must-dos, but did you know the water you're drinking might very well have elevated levels of lead--and not because of where it's coming from. The pipes that deliver the water in your home-in your walls, floors, and your appliances--most likely leech lead into your daily water supply.
Research shows that 20 Percent of childhood exposure to lead comes from drinking water in the home. "Customer Demand is strong for lead-free materials and compliance with the 3874 Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, effective January 2014" according to industry executive Martin Little. As VP of Sales and Marketing for Concast Metal Products, Little cites increased production in response to the heightened awareness and growing need for healthier metal products.
Concast Metal Products has been in operation since 1891 in western PA and GreenAlloys is their environmentally friendly product Concast now offers as stock because of the growth the company has seen, "Particularly in the last few years" according to President Al Barbour of the Pittsburgh based business.
This means kitchen and bath designers should be aware of this issue and know how to find better alternatives for their clients.
THE BRONZE AGE
As a leader in manufacturing environmentally friendly copper alloys serving designers, engineers and OEMs, Concast Metal Products created GreenAlloys.com to serve as a resource for the metal industry. Bronze metals have always been recyclable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. At Concast Metal Products, a manufacturer of bars, tubes and shapes in copper alloys, we promise to deliver a range of alloys of the future that are free of the elements that threaten health and the environment, yet still perform in the manner for which they were intended – we call them “GreenAlloys™.” GreenAlloys™ have extremely low-lead content, often as low as 0.05%.