Aluminium, the hyper-sustainable material

Aluminium, the hyper-sustainable material

Aluminium is excellent for recycling: it can be used an infinite number of times to create a new product each time.
Over 50% of aluminium currently in circulation is recycled and does not differ at all from the metal obtained from the original mineral.

Many of Gimi's clothes dryers are made in aluminium. But how many people know that this metal is hyper-sustainable?

Aluminium is element 13 in the periodic table, and has an attractive silver colour. It is mostly extracted from bauxite minerals. Its main characteristics are ductility, lightness (around 1/3 the weight of steel) and resistance to oxidation, due to the spontaneous formation of an extremely thin opaque layer that prevents oxygen from corroding the metal below.
Despite the fact that it is the third most abundant element on our planet (after oxygen and silicon), it is very rare in its free form and, in the past, separating it from the rock it was part of was costly and complex, which is why it was considered a precious metal.
Its production in commercial quantities began a little over 200 years ago, but in the 60s it swelled thanks to new production processes.



Recycling aluminium has advantages for the environment and the community: it helps save 95% of the energy necessary to produce it from raw materials, it helps recuperate a material that can be used to create new products and it protects the environment.
Additionally, recycling is an important activity for our economy. Indeed, Italy is the top European producer of recycled aluminium and enjoys a position of absolute excellence on the world stage.