I am working for a small domestic home appliance manufacturer and we are looking at ways to reduce our appliance's carbon footprint.
Currently we use a lot of die-casted zinc-aluminum alloy (Zamak, usually), and we are wondering if there are more sustainable sources or processes to obtain a part with similar properties (i.e.: mechanical, weight ("heavy feeling")). If the part is visible to the customer, then we typically paint the part which is also not very eco-friendly.
We are looking at aluminum or PCR-ABS with PVD coating, but aluminum prices are soaring and the PCR-ABS doesn't have the same robust feeling as a metal part.
Examples of similar parts are dishwasher door handles, oven handles, metal handles for electric kettles.