Whisky “the water of life” may be matured in oak casks, however it is only ever made in Copper stills as Copper is the only material which removes the unwanted elements from the spirit. And whilst the whisky industry has experimented with other materials, it just cannot match the performance of Copper.
Copper in Hospitals
Copper and Copper alloys such as brass, are now being used in hospitals for handles and push plates to stop germs from spreading. In fact data from clinical trials have shown that installing key touch surfaces manufactured from Copper can reduce a patient’s risk of catching an infection whilst in hospital by 58%.
Copper in Construction
Copper flashings and Copper wire are regularly used on roofs to prevent m
oss and algae from growing. It works because the oxidization process provides a thin layer of Copper salt to the roof which kills the algae.
Copper in Currency
One of the main reasons Copper is used to manufacture coins is so that germs are killed and not passed on through daily transactions of currency.
Copper in History
Japanese soldiers avoided dysentery by having a Copper ball in their water bottles which kept their water fit for drinking.
Early American pioneers are said to have put Copper coins in large wooden water casks to provide them with safe drinking water on their long voyage as they moved west across the continent.
Copper Around the World
The world famous statue of liberty is made from Copper and the Copper exterior coating is just 3/32 of an inch thick.
Copper bottomed boats were built to stop barnacles and seaweed from growing and this hugely improved ship’s speed and efficiency.
Copper bottomed pans are preferred by all of the top chefs as they maximise heat transfer.
Copper in Nature
Copper nails are hammered into tree stumps to stop them re-growing.
Copper strip can be used to prevent slugs from getting onto plants.
And if that wasn’t enough…
Copper is a tried and tested material – used since Roman times. It has excellent anti-bacterial qualities. On test, after 7 days of immersion in water, 80% of stainless steel and plastics were coated in a biofilm, while copper showed little or no biofilm. Biofilms are harbingers of E.coli 0157 and other microbiological bugs and pose a significant threat to human health.
In a recent article Copper is called the Vital Element of Life – “Copper could be more important to the health of an unborn baby than folic acid, giving up smoking or abstaining from alcohol, say, scientists. Trace amounts of copper are present in all body tissues. It is needed to process oxygen, generate energy in cells, allow the nervous system to transmit signals, grow blood vessels and develop skin, tendons and hair.”
The following link is an article posted on the website of Southampton University which we think will be of interest.
Southampton University WebsiteCopper Development Agency – more information on Copper and its benefits.
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