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Biodegradable Industrial Work Gloves

Improve Sustainability! New Technology Reduces Landfill without Busting PPE Budgets!


Millions of work gloves are buried in landfill each year and the disposal of solid waste from manufacturing operations poses considerable challenges for businesses and society.  Landfill options are becoming more limited as waste disposal and recycling costs continue to rise.

The industry has made great strides in meeting the challenges of becoming more environmentally responsible, and developments in manufacturing technology are going a long way towards providing other methods for environmentally conscious glove manufacturers to “go green”.

In recent years, the waste disposal problem has spurred mounting interest in the biodegradability of polymers used in glove coatings. Because conventional seamless knit work gloves typically incoporate an anti-slip palm coating made with a synthetic rubber compound (polymer synthesized from petroleum byproduct) it's very resistant to microbial attack which delays degradation for 100-200 years.

In an attempt to eliminate landfill and the growing concern of plastic pollution, Showa® and Superior Glove® have introduced the first of its kind 100% biodegradable industrial work safety gloves. These sustainable gloves require a biologically-active landfill for decomposition to begin and addresses the synthetic rubber (nitrile) waste put into the environment without altering the glove's protective and physical properties!

After much hard work and research,  a special additive was discovered to create a biodegradable polymer that when disposed in landfill, microorganisms consume and metabolize turning the glove materials into three natural compounds — organic soil, methane and carbon dioxide. This creates natural fertilizer with zero waste.

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SHOWA® BIODEGRADABLE WORK GLOVES

These ergonomically designed, flexible and lightweight multi-purpose SHOWA® 383 Sustainable Work Gloves provide enhanced gripping power, tactility and protection against oils, grease, blunt punctures and high abrasion.

The eco-friendly green colored, high-tack Eco Best Technology® (EBT) microporpous nitrile palm coating features an nnovative waffle pattern textured surface for optimal long-lasting grip in wet, dry and oily conditions. 

The seamless knit polyester liner is comfortable, form fitting and breathable making them ideal for use in hot weather conditions. They feature color-coded hems for easy and fast size identification and are perfect for gardening, landscaping, small parts handling and component assembly.  +shop for SHOWA® 383 biodegradable EBT Nitrile Palm Coated Work Gloves here.

SUPERIOR GLOVE® | BIODEGRADABLE WORK GLOVES

Reformulated with a special additive, Superior Glove® offers the following biodegradable general-duty work gloves ideal for automotive, maintenance, metal stamping, material handling, construction, assembly, tool operation, utilities, warehousing, site clean-up, landscaping, farming and  gardening.  

The Dexterity® S15NT Sustainable Work Gloves are made with a 15-gauge seamless knit 100% cotton material and a blue textured nitrile palm coating. These non-marring gloves provide ANSI level 4 abrasion resistance and ANSI level 2 puncture resistance.  +shop for Dexterity® S15NT Biodegradable Nitrile Palm Coated Work Gloves here

The Dexterity® S7NT Sustainable Work Gloves are made with a heavier 7-gauge seamless knit 100% cotton material and a blue textured nitrile palm coating. These  gloves provide ANSI level 3 abrasion resistance and ANSI level 4 puncture resistance.  +shop for Dexterity® S7NT Biodegradable Nitrile Palm Coated Work Gloves here

The Dexterity® S15OFNT Sustainable Work Gloves are made with a 15-gauge seamless knit 100% virgin cotton material and a hi-visibility orange textured foam nitrile palm coating that provides a steady grip when handling wet or lightly oiled parts. These  gloves provide ANSI level 4 abrasion resistance and ANSI level 2 puncture resistance. +shop for Dexterity® S15OFNT Biodegradable Foam Nitrile Palm Coated Work Gloves here

Many workplaces struggle with the disposal of hard to recycle gloves as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility environmental sustainability initiatives. Not anymore! 

The future of disposable hand protection has arrived! Simply toss these biodegradable work gloves into the garbage and let the planet do the rest!

Our biodegradable glove line also includes a wide and growing range of hand protection for single-use applications and tasks including food service, food processing, chemical handling, cut safety, gardening, handing fatal toxins and more. 

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