The Benefits of Using Stainless Steel Cutleries Over Wood
TULZ are made from food grade Stainless steel - a green product that is 100% recyclable and when it's not coated with any toxic material, it does not produce toxic runoff.
Stainless steel also lasts longer than other materials like bamboo and does not break like glass. Because they’re made from metal, they’ll also last much longer. "During production, stainless steel uses scrap metal as its primary raw material, with up to 70% of the product coming from recycled material and does not require a large amount of energy to manufacture".
Most importantly, even if it is not being recycled, and does find its way to the landfill, water source or disposable site "it will have no detrimental effect on the soil or groundwater".
In addition, it is an easy material to clean and has a better antibacterial quality to it when comparing it to wood or bamboo.
WHY IS STAINLESS STEEL USED FOR CUTLERY?
Stainless steel is an alloy. One that is safe and strong enough to withstand daily use for something like cutlery. In flatware, it usually features standard percentages of chromium and nickel that help to give your cutlery its strength and finish.
You’ll often find cutlery compositions referred to by numbers. Basically, these numbers tell you the percentages of chromium and nickel that your cutlery features.
Chromium gives anti-corrosion properties and helps to keep your flatware rust free. Nickel will help to give your flatware a beautiful shiny finish as well giving some additional rust resistance. Generally the more of both these materials in the cutlery, the stronger and more durable those pieces will be.
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18 10 stainless steel:
This is the composition of cutlery with the highest proportion of chromium and nickel. The 18 represents the amount of chromium and the 10 refers to the nickel. You should expect solid build, with long-lasting and high shine polish on your cutlery if you choose this composition.
18 8 stainless steel:
This composition type can be a bit misleading as it’s essentially the same as 18 10 stainless steel. The percentages of chromium and nickel contained in both 18 10 and 18 8 flatware have a minimal variation allowance. That means they can often end up around the same.
304 stainless steel:
The “18” numbers refer to the European system for cutlery composition. You may also see the US “3” or “4” series. Whilst not exactly the same as the above, the stainless steel will have almost identical properties. It is just listed under a different number. The US grade 304 is the equivalent of the European 18 10.