UK Firm Launches Biodegradable Work Glove

August 31, 2015

Green-Dex gloves are the world’s first biodegradable nitrile safety glove, according to Globus. The gloves biodegrade in biologically active landfills.

The biodegradable characteristic is made possible by patent-pending Eco Best Technology (EBT), which is an organic additive designed to make the gloves attractive to microbial activity in a landfill. Upon consumption of the EBT formulation, micro-organisms excrete enzymes that depolymerise the nitrile. The result is biogases and inert humus.

Globus says testing by an independent research lab has confirmed that 20 percent of the glove will have biodegraded in 160 days. There is no difference in shelf life as the glove does not start to biodegrade until it is in landfill.

The EBT does not compromise any of the quality of the glove, Globus says. Nitrile reacts positively to a wearer’s hand shape and skin forming a snug fit on the hand, thus allowing for increased sensitivity and good dexterity. Nitrile doesn’t contain any natural rubber latex and, therefore, can be worn by anyone with a latex sensitivity.

Nitrile gloves are considerably more puncture resistant than latex gloves and provide far higher chemical resistance.

  • They can also be worn under or over other work gloves to add liquid-proof protection. Nitrile can better withstand permeation, making them less likely to absorb water in damp environments
  • As nitrile has a smooth interior coating and a lower resistance to friction it makes them easier to put on and take off your hands.
  • High quality nitrile gloves such as GREEN-DEX™ use body temperature to mould to the shape of the hand, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit for the wearer.
  • Nitrile formulation also minimises cross-contamination, making it ideal for protecting the product and the wearer.

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Source: Globus