Silicone VS. Glass

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Silicone VS. Glass

Badass Badass 01/17/2012

Which one to you think is more eco friendly?

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Badass Badass
either recyclable?
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ginainohio ginainohio
recycling
09/07/2012
Passion plum Passion plum
recycling.
09/07/2012
Terri69 Terri69
I would think glass would be more eco friendly
10/12/2012
Kaleb Kaleb
recycling.
10/27/2012
vanillaSpice vanillaSpice
Both silicone and glass are recyclable, although I think the facilities for silicone recycling are less widespread at the moment.

Silicone rubber melts at ~500 C (932 F) whereas borosilicate glass (which is the most commonly used variety for toys) has a melting point of... well, I'm seeing conflicting answers, but it's significantly higher than silicone. The lower answers are all around 800 C, which is about 1500 F! So it's actually more energy-intensive to recycle glass versus silicone.
10/28/2012
ASpiritedSlut ASpiritedSlut
Reducing waste is more important than recycling, but it is important too!
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Badass Badass
are either significantly less wasteful?
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vanillaSpice vanillaSpice
I'm not certain what the energy input required for silicone vs. glass manufacturing is like. I *think* fossil fuel-derived oils are required to manufacture silicone rubber (as a component of the product), but I'm not certain, and depending on where glass is made it will likely use fossil fuels as an energy source.

Fun fact: I think the reason silicone is more hygienic than regular rubber is that in its molecular structure, silicon forms the backbone of the polymer instead of carbon. (Though I don't have a very solid grasp of this.)
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Badass Badass
anything else you would like to add or think about this topic?
perhaps ways we could make them more eco friendly?
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