Our Earth, our responsibility

One of my favorite local eateries specializes in one of the major food groups: the Coney dog. They also serve ice-cold pop in those little six-and-half-ounce bottles that were once an American staple. To my taste, that’s the best way to drink pop—from a glass bottle.

If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll remember when glass was the preferred container for most beverages, and you paid a bottle deposit along with the price of the product. You got your deposit back when you returned the empties to the store, and the bottles were then shipped back to the bottling company, where they were washed and refilled. Today, most of our soft drinks come in metal cans or plastic bottles that can be recycled, but must be remade rather than just cleaned and refilled.

The glass-bottle system wasn’t convenient for consumers, and it probably wasn’t cost-efficient for bottlers, but it was a great way to recycle. And it was earth-friendly, too—reusing what’s already been created instead of expending the materials and energy necessary to make something new. That’s the principle we follow as we reuse recycled copper to make new products.

We use exclusive technology to turn recycled—or secondary—copper into new fire-refined, high-conductivity (FRHC) copper that’s more than 99.9-percent pure. The traditional process used to make electrolytic tough pitch copper (Cu-ETP) requires the mining of virgin ore, an expensive and time-consuming endeavor that creates a significant amount of waste.

Our process has a significantly smaller impact on the environment. When compared with the production of Cu-ETP, our process uses fewer precious resources and less energy. We use 98 percent less water and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by four times, sulfur dioxide emissions by 86 percent, and the generation of solid waste by 99 percent.

We strive to leave a smaller carbon footprint wherever we tread because it’s the responsible thing to do.