It is indisputable that stainless steel finds its greatest significance, in application near marine areas. Of all the weathering agents that can affect any metal artifact, salt spray (as it is composed largely of sodium chloride, the metal’s enemy) is certainly the most dangerous.

However, if we consider a metal artifact that is not made of stainless steel, and assume that it is at least painted in order to protect it from the possibility of rusting, we must take into account that, even in areas not near the sea other environmental factors act. Think, for example, of particulate matter or smog in general in large cities . Atmospheric particulate matter, composed of substances that we know are very polluting and harmful to health, also consists of chemical elements with corrosive properties (such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide). Such dust, settles on the hardware and, certainly with longer timescales than sea salt can determine, begins a process of destruction of the paint film covering the artifact. Hence, the process of rusting of the underlying material is a matter of course and obvious.

Other reasons related to environmental protection are also found, in fact, stainless steel-unless otherwise required-does not require galvanizing or painting treatments, which impact the natural environment and is, for all intents and purposes, 100 percent recyclable.