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How important is lime in our everyday life?

Milk cows

Milk cows are fed calcium carbonate to prevent bone calcium deficiency caused by the production of milk.

farming

In farming, stables and meadows are treated with lime as a disinfectant against a large range of parasites.

roads and railroads

Lime is used in the construction of roads and railroads. Lime is used for soil stabilization and hydrated lime is added in asphalt to avoid cracks.

White Lines

Lime is used for white lines marking on athletic fields such as for soccer, football, and baseball.

plastic

The lifetime of plastic material is improved thanks to the addition of calcium based stabilizers.

Drinking Water

Lime is used in drinking water as a softener particularly by treating the iron present in the water and as anti-scaling agent by recipitating bicarbonate salts. Calcium carbonate adds minerals to excessively soft water.

paper

Lime, in the form of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), is an essential element of paper. It enhances the whiteness, opacity, and consistency of paper.

raising basins

Lime is added in raising basins for hygienization and to meet the calcium requirements.

Energy supplements

Energy supplements are made from a variety of mineral salts such as calcium carbonate and sodium.

aluminum

For 1 tonne of aluminum, 60 to 100 kg of lime is needed.

flue gas treatment

Limestone or lime is used for flue gas treatment in electric power stations, incinerators and in many other industries.

light bulbs

The white coating on light bulbs is partly made of calcium oxide or hydroxide.

ceramics

Limestone products are also used in ceramics.

soap

Hydrated lime is used in the production of oils and lubricants that are used in manufacturing of soap.

prefabricated concrete

Limestone sands and aggregates are traditional components of prefabricated concrete products. The addition of a limestone filler results in a smoother surface and a light, homogeneous color.

roofing

Pulverized limestone is used as fi ller in the production of roofing materials.

preservative for bread

Calcium propionate, a salty lime derivative, is used as a preservative for bread making to prevent molding.

Cellular concrete

Cellular concrete blocks contain lime, providing good insulating properties and making them light and easy to work with.

fruit

Lime is used as a preservative for fruit as it captures atmospheric CO2. in industrial refrigerators. Additionally, lime protects apple trees from insects.

eggshells

Poultry feed consist of up to 10% limestone which is essential for the development of eggshells in the laying of eggs.

greases and lubricants

Hydrated lime is used in the manufacturing of greases and lubricants.

plastic casings

Calcium based additives are used to enhance the molding of plastic casings for computers, mobile phones and electric cables.

rubber

Quicklime is used as a drying agent in the manufacturing of rubber products.

Hair removal creams

Hair removal creams contain hydrated lime which, combined with other chemicals enables the efficient removal of unwanted hair.

stainless steel

In stainless steel manufacturing, 80kg of lime are needed to purify one ton of steel.

glass fibers

Calcium is one of the main components in manufacturing glass fibers.

latex

Hydrated lime is indirectly used in the manufacturing of latex based products.

toothpaste

Some types of toothpaste contain calcium carbonate as a mild abrasive agent.

animal hides

The abrasive nature of limestone is ideal for removing hair and tanning animal hides.

sugar

In the sugar industry, lime is used to capture and remove impurities in the juice of sugar beets. 125kg of lime are used for the production of one ton of sugar.

wine

Calcium carbonate improves the quality of wine by reducing the acidity of grape’s juice.

baby milk

Pure limestone or lime is used as calcium supplements in baby milk.

acidity in milk

Lime neutralizes acidity in milk and provides an essential supply of calcium.

soymilk

Unlike cow milk, soymilk does not contain calcium, so lime is used to add the appropriate measure of calcium needed.

Steel

To produce 1 ton of steel, 50kg of lime and 100kg of limestone are required. Lime is also used in the production of automotive parts such as rubber for tires and belts, plastic dashboards, and glass for car windows.

paints

Hydrated lime and calcium carbonate are used as fillers or pigments in paints.

wall coatings

Hydrated lime is used in wall coatings for increased noise reduction, improved health conditions and regulation of humidity.

glass

Calcium carbonate and silica are the main components of glass (fl at glass, bottles, etc.).

non ferrous metals

Lime is used to control the acidity in the refining process of non ferrous metals such as gold, copper, zinc.

water treatment

Lime is used in waste water treatment to deal with sludge, clear impurities and ultimately keep our rivers clean.

gardens

Lime is used as a fertilizer to stop the spreading of moss in domestic lawns and gardens.

PVC

Limestone is an important component of PVC used to build frames, shutters and gutters. Their resistance to weather conditions is greatly improved, thereby improving their lifespan.

cleaning products

The soft abrasive cleaning products used in households are made up of 30% finely milled calcium carbonate.

rugs

Limestone fi ller is mixed with latex to attach the textile fi bers in rugs.

LIMING FIELDS

Calcium carbonate and quicklime reduce soil acidity and improves the soils fertility in agriculture.

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