What actually IS asbestos? While it is naturally occuring, asbestos isn’t a single type of mineral. It refers to a group of silicate minerals that share a similar nature. Each of the minerals is fibrous, which means together they can be pulled into a a fluffy consistency that is soft, flexible, and yet very resistant to heat and electricity. Obviously, these qualities made it very tempting to use in industrial and building situations. In its prime, it was hailed as a ‘magic mineral’. Unfortunately, by the time its toxic nature was apparent, it had been used widely.