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These are just a few of the potential uses of vermiculite. The material is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide range of applications. Here are just a few of its potential uses.
Because vermiculite is soft, sterile, absorbent and free-flowing, it works well as a support and carrying medium for certain types of nutrients, including vitamin preparations, fat concentrations and molasses. As a result, it works well in the manufacture of animal feed. The material holds a lot of liquid while retaining characteristics that make it easy to handle, and it is safe for animals to ingest.
Vermiculite is well-known for being an effective growing medium. Commonly used in compost formulations with coir or peat, it creates ideal conditions for plant growth. It improves aeration of the soil, promotes a consistent release of added fertilizer and improves moisture retention of the soil. The vermiculite itself also adds magnesium, potassium and trace amounts of other minerals to the soil.
The air to water ratio present in vermiculite and peat/coir composts stimulate root growth and facilitate the production of healthy seedlings. Because it is sterile when processed, it requires no additional treatment prior to being added to compost (as long as it is stored properly). It may also be used to carry and extend fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in gardens of all types and sizes.
Expanded vermiculite is widely used in the shipping industry as a packing material. Because it is lightweight, it does not drive up shipping costs. It is also clean and easy to pour around objects inside boxes. It protects products against impact and mishandling during the shipping process, and because it is non-abrasive, it is safe to use with items that may be scratched by other materials.
Vermiculite is also highly absorbent and safely retains leaks that may occur while a package is in transit. Because of its effectiveness as an absorbent, it is commonly used when shipping hazardous materials.
As an inorganic material, vermiculite is non-flammable. For this reason, it is commonly used to ship lithium batteries, which sometimes explode or catch fire when packaged improperly. This ensures that, if a fire were to occur, it would be contained to the package and not spread.
While other materials–like Styrofoam–can take centuries to break down in landfills, vermiculite degrades naturally, making it less harmful to the environment.
While asbestos was once the most commonly used material for friction linings, such as those found on brakes, vermiculite is now used as a safer alternative. It’s used in things like brake and clutch linings as well as gaskets and rubber seals. When ground, it can also be used in automotive paints and lacquers.
The material is widely used in the automotive industry due to its shape, surface characteristics, thermal resistance, acoustic absorption and because it can easily be added to other raw materials. It is also naturally resistant to oxidation and provides good torque retention.
In the construction industry, vermiculite is used to manufacture building boards, plasters, loose-fill insulation and lightweight concrete floors and roofs. The material is extremely valuable to the industry because it is non-combustible, non-flammable, odorless and economical. It also does not attract rodents or pests, and it doesn’t decompose or deteriorate like other materials.
When used in homes and commercial buildings, it helps improve fire resistance and provides insulation against heat, cold, moisture and sound. Finer grades may be added to cement and other aggregates for roofs and floors that are lightweight, durable and insulating.
Vermiculite is a unique material that can be used in a wide range of applications. From keeping homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter to feeding livestock and providing protection for items during shipping, this versatile material is used every day to accomplish a vast array of objectives in numerous industries, including construction, automotive and logistics.