For many years copper has been the main raw material used by the Mexican artisans of Santa Clara del Cobre for the fabrication of their beautiful artisan items. Originally artisans relied on the natural supply of copper of their lands for the fabrication of their items. But has the supply of the original sources has decreased and the demand for items as copper sinks has increased they have had to think and look for new and alternate sources of copper material. Thankfully they have found a reliable source of copper in the recycling industry. Trucks loaded with tons of copper junk coming form many parts in central Mexico arrive every week and deliver their precious load to the artisans shops. Artisans pay the load of copper according to the cleanness of the material, the cleaner your copper the closer you will get to be paid at international market prices for pure copper, that lately has been increasing steeply making this recycling business more profitable for the copper gatherers. Though all junk serves, artisans specially avoid junk made of copper wires covered with too much soldering due to the harming potential that this impurities have for the very characteristic look of their handmade copper items. The high demand and good price paid for copper junk has created a new industry of copper gatherers in central Mexico with a number of benefits for the environment turning old useless junk yards into a profitable mine of copper and preserving natural copper sources for more strategic applications. And at the same time it has also benefited the economy of the abundant population of this region of Mexico that has seen a growing industrialization in recent years.
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