Green Grip? A Biodegradable Glove for Construction

October 16th, 2015 by Editor

For anyone looking for a “green” solution to gloves, at least one company has you covered. Just don’t keep them on for two years straight. SHOWA-4552-Aug-15-RGB-Globus-Main

Hand protection product and technology manufacturer Showa, based in Menlo, Ga., is now producing what it claims is the first fully biodegradable synthetic work glove. According to the company, the glove is designed to protect workers from hand injuries in the construction, manufacturing and maintenance industries, among others.

The door and window industry, from both the installation and manufacturing sides, utilize various levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, depending on the degree of risk. It is likely Showa’s glove falls into certain categories within the industry.

In those instances, marketing manager Steve Shale of Globus, Showa’s U.K. partner, says the glove can serve as “a positive step forward as well as enhancing a company’s environmental credentials.”

The glove contains an additive within both the liner and the sponge nitrile coating that allows it to typically biodegrade within 24 months. Without the additive, nitrile can take “decades, if not hundreds of years” to biodegrade and break down in a landfill, according to Globus.

“Upon consumption of the EBT formulation, micro-organisms excrete enzymes that depolymerize the nitrile and polyester liner,” according to a description from Globus. “The result is biogases and nitrous soil. Independent research laboratories place the time between one and five years, depending on landfill site conditions.”

According to the company, the multi-purpose glove is certified for the maximum level of abrasion by European certification standards. It also meets CE Category II for “intermediate design – reversible risks.”

Check out the glove here to see if it fits within your PPE wardrobe.



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