Sustainable development involves balancing local and global efforts to meet basic human needs without destroying the natural environment.
Steel is fundamental to modern construction. However, if steel is left unprotected it will eventually rust due to atmospheric conditions and can therefore be detrimental to sustainable development. In contrast, hot-dip galvanized steel is unique, as it contributes to building a sustainable future. Coating the steel with zinc which is an essential mineral, through the hot-dip-galvanizing process protects steel from corrosion with minimal environmental, economic, or social impacts. Therefore, utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel fulfills the goal of sustainable development, without deterring others in the future to do the same.