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Where does our aluminum come from?

Even an infinite story has a beginning, and aluminum originates from the soil. A reddish mineral called bauxite is extracted and processed before it is refined into a white powder. The alumina powder is then transferred into large tankers and shipped around the world for processing.

Red bauxite rocksAluminum is one of the most abundant elements on Earth and it is found below the surface in areas around the equator. 

The process of extracting it is highly energy-intensive and sometimes aluminium is criticized of being unsustainable. However, it is important to look at the full life cycle of a product when calculating its environmental impact. To review the CO2 footprint of a material you need to review the energy required to produce the raw material, the life expectancy of the material in use, maintenance and if the material can be recycled. And summed up, few materials can beat aluminium in terms of sustainability.  

Aluminum is also widely appreciated for its durability and strength, making objects that last longer. Its lightness being one of its key characteristics, it makes cars, cell phones and computers lighter. In cars specifically, choosing aluminum saves fuel and reduces the carbon footprint. 

In Hydro we work closely with our clients to ensure that the products we make can be recycled. Our goal is that all aluminum is reused for future generations.