What are they?

Metals are common in our homes and modern lives. Without metals we could not drive cars or cook food. Humans developed into the species we are today because we used metals for weapons and tools.

They are found naturally in rocks called ore and are usually dug up and extracted by processes like smelting and electrolysis. They are non-renewable, meaning that once we have dug all of them up there won’t be any more on Earth. Some rare metals like antimony or indium, which are vital for batteries and smartphones will run out in the next ten years if we continue using them at the same rate.


Where they come from…


Find out how to Reduce your use of metals

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Find out how to Reuse metals


Find out about Recycling metals

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Link to Metals Worksheets

Environmental Impact

Climate Change

Find out about climate change

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Circular Economy

Find out about the Circular Economy

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Find out about the Sustainable Development Goals

Timeline of the Discovery of Metals