The past is becoming ever present in materials that are selected to make homes not only sustainable but also uniquely beautiful. An example is the use of copper throughout residences in areas such as sinks, light fixtures, bathtubs, and accessories. One company offering “Green Solutions for Better Living” is Premier Copper Products.
Premier Copper Products is a family owned company based in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded in 2004 by Beau and Sandra Ralphs. It is a wholesale supplier to commercial businesses therefore you must find a local dealer or order your products on-line. The Premier Cooper Products offers not only, products, but care instructions, installation guidelines, and education about copper products and the environment. You are able to download their catalog, plus upload your own projects on the site.
“Today the company sells an ever-growing range of 160+ products, including kitchen, bar/prep, and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, faucets, drains, light fixtures, switch plates, and tiles.”
Their sinks are ‘hand forged,’ made from ‘old-world’ techniques out of 99.7% recycled copper wire. Blocks of copper are beaten flat by five men taking turns hitting it with a hammer, and then when it has reached the correct thickness it is manipulated into its final form. The forms can be in the shapes of:
The sinks in their offered sizes are in-stock and shipped overnight. They will also do custom sized and shaped sinks that will take approximately four weeks to make before shipping. Using the traditional practice of hand-pounding the copper slows production to only two sinks per day but allows for more precise measurements and hand-rolled corners and edges. The prices of the sinks vary from $781-$1,239.
- It’s Durable
- Copper regenerates itself
- Naturally contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, no need for harsh chemical cleaners
- Will not rust and Endlessly recyclable
- Patina adds darker shades to the copper, own protective coat
- One of most valuable and abundant recycled materials
- Contains no lead and no green color (unless exposed to outdoor elements)
“Through the integrity of the copper material, the endlessly recyclable nature of copper, the health benefits, the global emphasis on green consumerism, and the perpetuating fair labor practices, Premier Copper Products are a quality buying decision for your customer that supports awareness of green solutions.” When improving your home’s green value today, remember to look to the past at old world techniques and cradle-to-cradle products for a beautiful, lasting tomorrow.
Source: Premier Copper Products