What's wrong with latex gloves?
The Ubiquitous Latex Glove
"Not much", is the short answer.
For over 100 years, latex gloves have defined the disposable glove.
The latex glove is elastic, strong, resilient and resistant to many toxic chemicals.
But within the past twenty-five years there has been a growing realization that many people have developed
allergies to latex proteins.
And what many people do not consider is the fact that powdered latex gloves can contribute to latex allergy problems even if the gloves themselves never make actual contact with the patient.
Okay, enough already about latex allergies.
Yeah, latex gloves have that problem, but honestly, not that many people suffer from the allergies. Latex gloves are hard to beat if you are not allergic to latex, but there are
a few other problems with latex gloves and you can trust GloveNation
to tell you the honest truth, even if it causes you to look for a different type of glove.
1) Latex gloves decompose slowly
It is no accident that latex gloves have a good shelf life.
In fact chemical engineers have done their best in order to produce latex that does not decompose quickly.
And that is a problem for our planet. Latex gloves decompose, just not very quickly.
Globally, we humans produce billions
of latex gloves every year and ultimately, each glove is used briefly and then tossed.
It's not the fault of the latex glove, but as humans we need to examine the truth and try to find a better alternative.
There is hope; GloveNation
is leading the charge and we are hopeful that a viable alternative to the latex glove is just around the corner.
2) Latex gloves produce toxic waste during the manufacturing process
We are very concerned about this problem.
As a major global online retailer of latex gloves we are using our modest influence to urge our suppliers to improve the manufacturing process.
These changes will ultimately result in a small increase in the price of our gloves, but we will do our best to hold the line on prices while encouraging responsible manufacturing.
3) Latex gloves are heavy and thick
This is also part of the appeal of latex gloves; they seem more substantial
Compared to synthetics, latex gloves weigh a lot and take up a lot of space.
However, this increases the carbon footprint of latex gloves because they require more energy to transport and for warehouse storage.
The average Joe might not notice the difference, but with hundreds of pallets of gloves in our warehouse, we are acutely aware of this issue.
We anticipate some major changes to the entire glove market within the next few months.
Latex gloves will continue to be sold for years and will remain the standard by which new glove products are measured: "Does it stretch as well as latex?", "Is it as strong as latex?" are questions that will continue to be asked as radically new products enter the market.
The good news is that we anticipate hopeful answers to all those questions soon and you can be certain that GloveNation
will be among the first to offer these amazing new products to end users.
The best gloves at the best prices, with the best service.