Saturday, May 8, 2010

The evil side of straight pins...

Straight pins: such a little tool that can create such a havoc...

During the manufacturing process, pins are placed in a rack to exposed them to the process of electroplating with a solution of nickel sulfate; this creates a strong bond between the steel of the pins and the plating solution. But there is a major setback: the electroplating bath produces a toxic waste extremely dangerous for the environment.

In the United States of America, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has very strict regulations. Unfortunately, most pins are produced overseas (Asia) where environmental regulations are not as strict; and as a result, the manufacturers take advantage of the lack of control creating an ecological disaster!

Keep track of your pins! The less we consume pins, the more we help our home the Earth :).

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