It’s pretty easy to think of typical company sustainability practices, no straws, don’t print unless necessary and reduce unnecessary packaging. It’s a lot harder to step back, think outside the box and recognise less-mainstream opportunities to make sustainable changes.
It’s your lucky day because we’ve got a great sustainability idea for you - disposable gloves!
Yes, at first it sounds like an oxymoron. No, we’re not kidding. Think of the opportunity. Every company in the food industry uses disposable gloves - thousands of them every single day! Gloves are a food safety necessity and mandated by the FDA. They are not recyclable. That does not mean we can’t do them better.
A MORE SUSTAINABLE GLOVE
The idea of a more sustainable glove is two-fold. In addition to making your staff happy with a great glove that works, you get credit for presenting a creative idea that will reduce your business’ glove use, waste and overall environmental impact.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The overall concept is that a stronger but thinner glove, like our Light & Tough nitrile gloves, will decrease:
- Strong gloves have lower failure rates = reduced usage
- Stronger gloves = Less gloves used and discarded
- Thinner gloves = reduced waste weight
- Less gloves used requires less gloves to be made (glove manufacturing is a water intense process)
- Thinner gloves require smaller boxes
- Smaller boxes pack and ship more efficiently, allowing more gloves to be shipped by fewer vehicles
- Reduced usage = reduced container shipments
Calculate your sustainability and environmental impact savings through better quality & cost effective glove choices.
I CAN'T SACRIFICE FOOD SAFETY!
A more sustainable glove initiative is a straightforward concept, but the glove still has to work, right? Correct, Eagle gloves can do both! High-quality materials and processes produce high-quality gloves that provide superior food safety, as certified by our third-party proprietary tests.
CAN I AFFORD IT?
Let’s talk cost, that’s important. It has to fit in your budget. High-quality gloves can cost more than cheap disposable gloves. True. But using fewer gloves allows a company to order less gloves. From our experience, we’ve typically been able to upgrade a customer to a better and more sustainable glove while remaining cost neutral.
BONUS #1: NO CHANGES TO WORKER PROCESS
Changes are hard to implement. Using a more sustainable glove will allow your company to reduce its environmental impact without retraining your staff or implementing any new processes.
BONUS #2: CUSTOMERS CARE
Consumers care about sustainability. They will appreciate your new initiative.
Curious about a more sustainable disposable glove? Let’s talk.