Second Life for Stadium Seats: Aluminum Foil

Wondering where all the seats at Yankee stadium went after the demolition? Into aluminum foil, quite possibly! While it seems like something they could have done years ago, given all the cans we recycle, Reynolds Wrap has just introduced a foil made from 100-percent-recycled aluminum they derived from post-consumer sources such as stadium seats, automobile components, cookware, gutters and siding, and post-industrial supplies such as scraps from industrial cable.

Why does it matter? Making aluminum foil from virgin materials is one of the most energy-intensive and polluting processes on earth. Recycling existing stocks of aluminum is not. In fact, there is an 80 percent reduction in the amount of energy used during the process of turning recycled material into foil, compared to making the foil from virgin materials. The process also produces fewer emissions, including greenhouse gases, and greatly reduces the amount of water pollution that mining causes as well as waste that ends up in landfills.

Most consumers aren’t aware of the impacts their everyday purchases can have on health and the environment. So possibly the real home run Reynolds Wrap hits with this new product: The message that recycling is smart not only for consumers but for business.

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