Asbestos is a naturally occurring material mined from natural deposits around the world. It is formed of millions of fibres, which bind together to create a light yet strong material. Asbestos is resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological break down.
Due to its physical and chemical properties, it was commonly used in building materials manufactured starting in the 1950s and as late as the 2000s. It’s estimated to have been used in 3,000+ products everything from cigarette filters to school ceilings because its dangers were unknown.