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Silicone Knowlege: What’s the differennce between Silicone and Plastic

Mar 23, 2023JE SILICONE

Silicone Knowlege:  What’s the differennce between Silicone and Plastic

Silicones are a hybrid of synthetic plastic polymers and rubber. The characteristics of silicone are pretty similar to plastics, only better. It has higher durability, stability, flexibility, and, most importantly, it is more eco-friendly.  Plastic products are cheap, lightweight, odorless, not fragile, and have a long lifespan.

The difference between silicone and plastic is in the way they are manufactured. Silicone is more durable than plastic, but Silicone is also more expensive than plastic.

Plastic and silicone are highly durable and malleable materials, and they can have a similar look and feel. While the two closely resemble one another, their distinctive chemical and molecular compositions make them different.

Plastics have a molecular backbone created with carbon and hydrogen. Producing them uses the following resources:

  • Natural gas
  • Plants
  • Crude oil

Plastics are made from less environmentally friendly elements and can break down into dangerous microplastics. They also sometimes contain toxins, such as bisphenol A. Plastics typically do not last as long as silicones and are less resistant to extreme temperatures.