World production of copper amounts to 12 million tons a year and exploitable reserves are around 300 million tons, which are expected to last for only another 25 years. About 2 million tons a year are reclaimed by recycling. Today copper is mined as major deposits in Chile, Indonesia, USA, Australia and Canada, which together account for around 80% of the world’s copper. — via Lenntech
Copper has been in use at least 10,000 years, but more than 96% of all copper ever mined and smelted has been extracted since 1900, and more than half was extracted in only the last 24 years. As with many natural resources, the total amount of copper on Earth is vast (around 1014 tons just in the top kilometer of Earth’s crust, or about 5 million years worth at the current rate of extraction). — via Wikipedia
Copper is soft, yes. It will change color with harsh cleansers, soap, and hard water. It will develop a nice look over time, but some nice benefits are that it’s 100% recyclable and has some antimicrobial properties. The last means that it has the properties to destroy a wide range of microorganisms. Copper alloys have been reported to destroy any E. Coli within 1-2 hours. (See Wikipedia for citations and sources. Yes, I know, Wikipedia isn’t always reliable, but I’ve heard a few of these studies over the years. Wikipedia at least has gathered a few of them up so I don’t have to.)
Yes, I have a soft spot for copper. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Anyway, this entire post was spurred by seeing this farmhouse sink from Barclay Products out of Illinois in a recent edition of KBB Magazine. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of them before, but this is the sink that caught my eye:
If your tastes run a bit more to contemporary, then Native Trails out of California has a modern twist to the traditional farmhouse:
I might customize the sink unit a bit differently for the Paragon, but that’s a designer for you.