Maze uses only the highest quality domestic, re-melted steel. By using re-melted steel, the obvious environmental benefit is that no additional mining must be done to meet our steel demands and less steel is thrown into landfills. The scrap steel that we generate while making nails heads right back to the steel mills for re-melting...along with steel from scrapped automobiles, I-beams, radiators, etc.
Maze also reclaims most of the raw materials it consumes; such as zinc, steel, and certain acids. Many nail manufacturers, including Maze, "pickle" their steel in an acid bath prior to making it into nails. After several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars, we now have a completely self-contained Acid Recovery Unit. The unit converts the harmful, spent acids into useful raw materials we then can offer to other companies. The "ferrous sulfate" which this equipment extracts, for example, is used in fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and even in snack foods.
Millions of pounds of zinc are used in our unique Double Hot-Dip Galvanizing (STORMGUARD) process. All of our waste zinc is recycled into useful materials--which are then used in paint pigments, car tires, etc. So, our zinc by-products are being utilized too.
All Maze nails and spikes are packaged in cardboard boxes which are made from recycled paper products--and we have many of our price lists and literature pieces printed on recycled paper too. Maze Nails has a strong commitment to using quality recycled materials whenever we can--and to insuring that our manufacturing process results in reclaimable products!