MELTING POT Red metal for the holidays

Dec 19, 2008 | 10:13 AM |

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Or just a pair of stockings? Copper, used for centuries for its germ-fighting and anti-fungal properties, is now being used in the production of socks in the copper-heavy country of Chile.

But socks aren't the only product using the red metal these days. Copper has made its way into products all over the South American nation, from subway poles and water filters to towels and even underwear. According to a spokesman for Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile, Chile's state-owned copper company, using a copper pillowcase at night might even help cure acne. ....

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