Exfoliated vermiculite is a useful packaging medium. Not only is it lightweight, clean and easily poured around irregular shaped objects, it also provides a good baffle against shocks caused by impact and improper handling. Being highly absorbent, it safely retains leaks from packed materials such as hazardous chemicals. As it is inorganic it does not present any potential fire hazards. Exfoliated vermiculite can also be used as a packing material for storing fruit, bulbs and tubers. Being soft and non-abrasive it has also been used effectively for insulation and cushioning the base of plastic-lined swimming pools.