50 Non-Renewable Resources and Alternatives

The following are 50 alphabetized unique non-renewable resources required for human survival currently and a possible alternative (for some applications) for each:

  1. Aluminum – Alternative: Carbon fiber
  2. Antimony – Alternative: Bismuth
  3. Asbestos – Alternative: Synthetic mineral fibers
  4. Bauxite – Alternative: Aluminum recycling
  5. Cadmium – Alternative: Nickel-cadmium batteries
  6. Chromite – Alternative: Chromium recycling
  7. Coal – Alternative: Renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.)
  8. Cobalt – Alternative: Nickel batteries
  9. Copper – Alternative: Aluminum
  10. Fluorspar – Alternative: Synthetic calcium fluoride
  11. Galena (Lead ore) – Alternative: Zinc
  12. Gold – Alternative: Copper or silver
  13. Graphite – Alternative: Carbon fiber
  14. Gypsum – Alternative: Synthetic gypsum
  15. Ilmenite (Titanium ore) – Alternative: Titanium recycling
  16. Iron ore – Alternative: Recycled iron
  17. Lignite – Alternative: Natural gas or renewable energy sources
  18. Lithium – Alternative: Sodium-ion batteries
  19. Magnesium – Alternative: Aluminum
  20. Manganese – Alternative: Nickel or aluminum
  21. Mercury – Alternative: Galinstan is an alloy composed of gallium, indium, and tin. It has similar properties and can be used in various applications, such as thermometers and scientific instruments
  22. Molybdenum – Alternative: Chrome-moly steel
  23. Natural gas – Alternative: Renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.)
  24. Nickel – Alternative: Stainless steel
  25. Nitrogen – Alternative: Synthetic nitrogen production
  26. Oil – Alternative: Renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.)
  27. Peat – Alternative: Natural gas or renewable energy sources
  28. Phosphate rock – Alternative: Phosphorus recycling
  29. Phosphorus – Alternative: Synthetic phosphorus production
  30. Platinum – Alternative: Palladium
  31. Potash – Alternative: Synthetic potassium
  32. Rare earth elements – Alternative: Substitutes or recycling
  33. Selenium – Alternative: Cadmium telluride solar cells
  34. Silver – Alternative: Copper or gold
  35. Sodium – Alternative: Potassium
  36. Sulfur – Alternative: Synthetic sulfur production
  37. Tantalum – Alternative: Niobium
  38. Tin – Alternative: Aluminum
  39. Titanium – Alternative: Aluminum or steel
  40. Tungsten – Alternative: Cemented carbide
  41. Uranium – Alternative: Nuclear fusion
  42. Vanadium – Alternative: High-strength steel
  43. Vermiculite – Alternative: Synthetic vermiculite
  44. White silica sand – Alternative: Synthetic silica or recycled glass
  45. Wolframite (Tungsten ore) – Alternative: Tungsten recycling
  46. Wood – Alternative: Bamboo or recycled materials
  47. Xenon – Alternative: LED lighting or laser lighting
  48. Yttrium – Alternative: Alternatives with similar properties
  49. Zinc – Alternative: Aluminum or stainless steel
  50. Zirconium – Alternative: Aluminum alloys or ceramics

Please note that some alternatives may not be as widely adopted or available as the non-renewable resources mentioned. Also, the suitability of alternatives can vary depending on specific applications and industries.

 

Clayton Asloman

Clayton was born in South Africa and he became a part-time reporter with News i8 in the 2023, years later.

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