Silica Free Sand :: Aragonite Sand
Quality of Aragonite Silica Free Sand
Our aragonite silica free sand is a very fine sand. It is composed of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). It feels lighter to the touch than regular white sand. It has no silica (free) and no quartz in it. Our aragonite sand is gathered in the Caribbean Islands. It is commercial grade. We’re confident that you’ll hardly notice a difference between this sand and traditional silica sand.
Colors of Aragonite No-Silica Sand
Our aragonite silica free sand is available in color white only. For colored silica free sands, see our feldspar sand.
Availability of Aragonite Silica Free Sand
Domestically and Internationally.
We ship silica-free aragonite sand domestically within the USA and internationally. Aragonite sand is available in 1-ton supersacks and 2.5- ton pallet-loads. Unfortunately, we don’t do orders smaller than 1 ton. (It sounds like a lot of sand, but sand is very heavy — 1 ton fills about 7 or 8 wheelbarrows.)
Maryland – Washington, DC – Virginia Area
Our team of professionals can install can install aragonite sand on your premises in the MD – DC – VA area. Price for installation varies depending on several factors, including the distance that the sand must be moved on your premises.
Prices for Aragonite Silica Free Sand
- 1-ton supersack (2,000 lbs.) Color: white only. $250 + shipping on palletized load(Note: There are about 1-1/3 tons in 1 yard of sand.)
- 1-1/2 ton palletload Color: white only. $649.00
†Please note that the silica referred to here is what’s known as “free silica.” Sand contains two types of silica: regular silica and free silica. Excessive exposure to free silica may potentially cause health problems. Our sand contains no free silica.
Silica free sand is the healthy alternative for sandbox and
playground sand. It’s the softest, whitest sand around!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. I’m worried because the sand that I bought has a warning label about cancer. Does sand cause cancer?
Probably not, at least for typical play use on playgrounds.
Research studies about sand and lung problems typically concern continuous exposure to dusty, low-grade industrial sand for long periods in a place with little or no ventilation. When your kids play in sand at the park or at the beach, they’re in the fresh air, and they’re usually on there for an hour or two. Plus, the sand isn’t usually low industrial grade. So, for most kids, the possible health risks of playing in sand are very minimal. After all, when you were a kid, you probably went to the beach, and your school or daycare probably had a sandbox.
If possible, avoid buying the cheapest type of sand for your play area. It’s generally very dusty, and it’s usually used for industrial purposes. If you have a sand supplier near you, spend a little extra and get some better-quality sand (ideally, the “washed” kind).
If you’re still concerned, you can order our silica free sand. Or, in your area, shop around for “washed” sand. It is sand that has been mined, screened, and washed, so it has no silt or clay in it. We sell washed sand to many schools and daycares in the Maryland – Virginia – Washington, DC, area, and our customers love it.
Also, once your kids are done playing in sand, get them to wash their hands.
2. Why is your silica-free sand so expensive?
Mainly the sand has been treated and processed to remove certain silica elements. This is an industrial process that involves considerable expense.
3. Is it true that your silica-free sand doesn’t have any silica in it?
Mother Nature has decreed that all sand has some type of silica in it — it’s just part of the physical composition of grains of sand. So, speaking technically, there’s no such thing as sand that does not have silica in it. The feature of our sand is, it doesn’t have any bad silica in it.
Specifically, there are 2 primary types of silica: “free silica,” and “non-free silica.” The bad type of silica is the free silica. Our sand has no free silica in it. (To be exact, our silica-free sand has no “free silica” in it. Yes, this is confusing.)
For more information on silica, read the Wikipedia page.