Latex vs Silicone - Puppy Feeding Products
Natural Rubber Latex vs Silicone Feeding Nipples for Puppies & Kittens
Silicon and silicone are two different things. It's not just a case of pronunciation. Silicon is a naturally occurring chemical element, whereas silicone is a synthetic substance.
Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust, after oxygen! Its a metalloid, (has properties of both metals and non-metals)
Silicone, by contrast, is a synthetic polymer made up of silicon, oxygen and other elements. Silicone is generally a liquid or a flexible, rubberlike plastic, and has a number of useful properties, such as low toxicity and high heat resistance which make it ideal for medical and food products.
Here's how I remember the difference...
Silicon = think of Silicon Valley famous for where silicon-based semiconductors and computer chips are made
Silicone = cone reminds me of funnel - and is used for food products
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What's the Difference Latex vs Silicone and does it mater ?
|Latex Natural Rubber Nipples||Silicone Bubble Milk Bowls & Nipples|
|Material||Made of Natural rubber latex is obtained from sap of rubber trees. Colour variation occur. Biodegradable.||Silicone is a man-made polymer derived from natural silicon Choose medical or food-grade feeding equipment for your litter. |
|Durability||Natural aging occurs and wears down with time. Prone to wear and tear, and breaks down quickly||Lasts long and can be reused more.|
|Allergic Response||May cause allergic reaction to those who have a latex allergy. natural, biodegradable||Silicone has not caused any known allergy|
|Sterilization||Only by pouring boiling water. Any extra heat would cause it to damage.||Can be boiled, microwave sterilized and does not degrade at higher temperatures.|
|Taste & Feel||Has a rubbery taste and feel "dry" somewhat stiff||No taste and is softer, smooth and flexible|