It’s in cookware, lab equipment, medical devices, cups, plates, and cannabis accessories. But what is it, and why is it lauded? Clear and see through might be great for the lab and kitchen, but isn’t the color and patterns of hand blown glass prettier?
Blown glass can certainly make accessories worthy of being labeled art. That beauty comes with the cost of being breakable and fragile. Those two adjectives lessen the longevity of an item being handled, heated, and potentially dropped repeatedly.
Borosilicate glass improves longevity and safety. Made of glass containing boron trioxide and silica, this form is the superhero of the glass world for its strength and resistance. And its secret powers?
First, that great Pyrex glassware that was handed down to you is borosilicate glass. Borosilicate is great at dealing with temperature changes without exploding. The cannabis high should explode inside you not shatter you with glass. Summed up, borosilicate is stronger and more durable than regular glass.
Second, it boasts a high resistance to chemical corrosion meaning it won’t get scratches as easily that over time build up to cracks.
In review, borosilicate gives you chemical durability, low thermal expansion, and mechanical integrity.