A Huge Sustainable Opportunity You're Missing

April 15, 2019

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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:

  • Glove Use
    - Strong gloves have lower failure rates = reduced usage

  • Waste
    - Stronger gloves = Less gloves used and discarded
    - Thinner gloves = reduced waste weight

  • Water Use
    - Less gloves used requires less gloves to be made (glove manufacturing is a water intense process)

  • Packaging
    - Thinner gloves require smaller boxes

  • Carbon Emissions
    - 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.

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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.

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