Home > newsroom > Page
Minerals in Our Everyday Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 - Today, the Full Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup on 18 bills including legislation that will help develop critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, building materials and motor vehicles to personal hygiene products.
Over 66 individual minerals are used to make the typical computer, including silver, aluminum, copper and gold.
Four rare earth minerals are required to make a hybrid vehicle: dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium and praseodymium.
Energy-efficient light bulbs use europium, terbium and yttrium.
iPods require five rare earth minerals: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium and terbium.
Deodorant contains aluminum and the container is made of petroleum products.
A clock includes iron, nickel, petroleum products and silica.
Lipstick and makeup include clay, mica, talc, limestone and petroleum products.
Mail boxes are made of copper and zinc, which make brass.
Pens are made out of limestone, mica, petroleum products, clays, silica and talc.
Toilets are made of clays, silica, copper, zinc, petroleum products and borates.

Contact: Mallory Micetich

Latest News

Administration More Interested in Destroying Dams than Generating Affordable Hydroelectricity

Yesterday, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon....... Read more

Bishop: Special Interests, Courts are De-facto Arm of Obama Administration in Charge of ESA Policy

In abiding to a recent court order that vacated the Obama Administration’s withdrawal of a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the ...... Read more

Bishop: Fishermen Need More Flexibility than NOAA Doles Out

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new rule that will provide regional fishery management councils with more flexibility in catch limits. The rule is ali...... Read more

View All News


No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events