Here at FireFusion Studio we feel copper, an essential trace element that is necessary for plant and animal health, is an incredible resource and copper recycling is a worthy process that ensures building a healthy and cleaner environment to live in. We use about 90% reclaimed and recycled copper for all sculptures, jewelry, panels and home décor items in an effort to ensure environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment. All of our copper is from ethical sources and if can be found "made in the USA". Below are local company's we use in our recycling efforts.
The Environmental Importance of Copper Recycling As with other metals, there are significant environmental benefits to the recycling of copper. These include solid waste diversion, reduced energy requirements for processing, and natural resource conservation. Aside from the diversion of material from landfills, other important benefits of metal recycling versus the creation of virgin metal include a reduction in energy consumption as well as in the use of other materials.
Some History With usage spanning 10,000 years into the past, copper has been used by people longer than any other metal. A copper pendant dating to approximately 8700 B.C. was found in what is now northern Iraq. Beginning around 8000 B.C., copper was used by Neolithic man as a substitute for stone. Around 4000 B.C., the Egyptians heated and mold casted copper into shapes. Shortly thereafter, around 3500 B.C., people began smelting ores, giving birth to the Bronze Age. The island of Cypress was the source of copper used by the Romans, which they referenced as Cyprium, which translates as "metal of Cyprus." This name was shortened to cyprium, and later, cyprium was changed to coprum. This was the genesis of the English term, “copper.”