Aluminum is the second-most abundant metallic element in Earth's crust. It is lightweight (a third the weight of steel or copper), easy to mold, fold and recycle. It resists corrosion and stands up to repeated use.
It was used in Napoleon’s era when the ruler France’s Napoleon III is said to have served his most honored guests using aluminum plates and cutlery, because it was such a rare metal, according to The Aluminum Association.
1.9 million tons of aluminum were produced in 2012 for containers and packaging industry. Another 1.7 million tons went toward appliances, vehicle parts and other durable goods, according to the EPA. About 75% of this lightweight, 100 percent-recyclable metal ever made is still in use, thanks to recycling, according to the Aluminum Association. Recycling aluminum takes only 5 percent of the energy needed to extract new aluminum from ore, according to the EPA. As of 2012, about 55 percent of aluminum drink cans made it into the recycling bin.
The quantity of aluminum used is enormous and pervasive worldwide. A single Boeing-747 contains 147,000 pounds of aluminum. Up to 24% of an iPhone’s mass is constructed of aluminum in companion with titanium and iron metals.
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