What is Fossil Free Steel (and why does it matter)?
In May 2023, we launched a new watch that, on the surface, simply looks like a beautiful timepiece – well designed, has a nice finish, and is an immediate classic. This item is so much more than what meets the eye. It is the first consumer product to be made from Fossil Free Steel. A collaboration between Swedish Steel producer SSAB and TRIWA, this item is something we hold with pride because it embodies who we are at TRIWA – pushing innovation forward, crossing boundaries, and doing it in a way that shows positive progress is happening everywhere around us.
While we are excited about Fossil Free Steel, we realize that unless you are passionate about steel production or work in the industry, it might be kind of confusing to know about steel production. So, look no further than right here to learn about how Fossil Free Steel is different from conventional steel (spoiler: it’s in how it’s produced).
How is Traditional Steel Made?
Since the industrial revolution,steelmakinghas evolved into various methods – the most common, making up about 70% of steel production, is called Basic Oxygen Steelmaking, which replaced the less efficient Bessemer Method thru the 1950s.
The 2nd most-used method of steel production is Electric arc Steelmaking, which makes up about 25% of steel production. So, approximately 95% of the steel production in the world is covered by Basic Oxygen and Electric arc Steelmaking, individually. Basic Oxygen Steelmaking primarily utilizes raw materials, not scrap, whereas Electric arc Steelmaking uses either scrap or raw materials, to produce steel.