Is Silicone Sustainable?
Silicone rubber is not only naturally moldable, durable, and biocompatible, it is also a sustainable material. Unlike most plastics and rubbers, silicone is derived from silicon, an abundant and inorganic source material found in sand, making silicone not part of the oil value chain, meaning silicone does not use non-renewable oils in production or manufacturing. Silicone rubber also has a high material purity and is emission-free, so it can be used for sensitive applications that require no outgassing.
Silicone’s durability enables constant sterilization and reuse, making it an ideal alternative to disposable products in industries like medical and food production. Silicone products exhibit long lifespans because of its increased load-bearing capacity and UV and aging resistance compared to other plastics and rubbers.
Alternative to disposable products
By using silicone rubber, we make an important contribution to waste avoidance. Due to their material properties, silicone products can be frequently reused and, for example, in the medical and food sectors, they represent a sustainable alternative to disposable systems due to the possibility of repeated sterilizability.
High load-bearing capacity
Silicone products are characterized by their high load-bearing capacity, especially their high UV resistance. They are used for a long time in their various areas of application and show less signs of aging due to heat or weathering than other plastics. As a result, they guarantee long service lives in many applications.
As a finished product, silicone rubber has a high material purity. This means that silicone rubber can be used in very sensitive areas such as medicine, pharmaceuticals and the food industry.
With its reusability and clean material source, silicone is a sustainable material for a broad range of applications.