Minerals in every household
Mineral sands are essential ingredients in many personal and household items including toothpaste, paint, tiles, sunscreen, computers and mobile phones, just to name a few.
Titanium dioxide is the most widely used white pigment because of its non-toxicity, brightness and very high refractive index. It is an essential component of consumer products such as paint, plastics and paper and is used as a pigment in everyday personal products – toothpaste, sunscreen, cosmetics, and food items.
Zircon has a range of uses, the largest of which is ceramic tiles, accounting for more than 50 per cent of global zircon consumption. Zircon gives ceramic tiles their brilliant opacity, whiteness and brightness. Zircon’s unique properties include heat and wear resistance, stability, opacity, hardness and strength. These properties mean it is also sought after for other applications such as refractories, foundries and specialty chemicals.