The Landfill Legacy Created By Conventional Nitrile Gloves

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Conventional Nitrile Gloves Require 100+ Years to Fully Decompose In Landfills. This Means The Gloves You Disposed Decades Ago Could Be Traced Back To You Today.

From driving our car to heating our home, the choices we make in our everyday lives leave an impression on the environment. We’ve heard the term “carbon footprint,” often used to describe the amount of carbon being emitted by an activity or organization, but have you heard the newest Eco-term: landfill fingerprint?

A landfill fingerprint is an unintentional legacy created by professional users of single-use nitrile gloves. Because conventional disposable nitrile gloves are made of synthetic rubber, it’s very resistant to microbial attacks, and it requires 100+ years to achieve degradation in landfill.

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Billions and billions of gloves are worn and disposed in landfills every year, meaning virtually every glove ever worn is, sadly, still buried in landfill.


With 10 fingerprints with every change-out, disposed gloves could potentially be traced back to the wearer decades later. While it would be like finding a needle in a hay stack, technically it could be accomplished because discarded conventional gloves will remain in landfills - fully intact - for future generations to inherit.


This waste disposal problem has spurred industrial glove innovator, SHOWA®, to take a growing interest in the biodegradability of single-use nitrile gloves.

SHOWA®’s products include the world’s first nitrile glove, introduced back in 1992, and the world’s first biodegradable single-use glove, introduced in 2012. Today, SHOWA® delivers the most extensive selection of biodegradable hand protection in the world!


Taking the next step in sustainability, SHOWA® has expanded its biodegradable range of hand protection products that feature their patented soft low modulus formulation combined with Eco Best Technology® (EBT). SHOWA®’s Eco Best Technology® (EBT) offers the same barrier protection, performance, strength, fit, chemical resistance, and grip as regular nitrile gloves, but is measurably better for the planet!

SHOWA® gloves with Eco Best Technology® are specially engineered with proprietary organic additives that promote accelerated biodegradation in biologically active landfills (which are growing in popularity, by the way).

Long-term landfill biodegradation testing from GreenCircle® (an independent certified laboratory) has shown SHOWA®’s gloves with EBT achieved 82% biodegradation in only 386 days, while gloves without EBT achieved only 1.9% biodegradation over the same time, per ASTM D5526 & ASTM D5511 testing standards. This translates to less disposable PPE sitting in landfills and better waste management around the world.


Available from SHOWA® are latex-free biodegradable gloves in colors green, blue and black that meet FDA food contact standards 21CFR, 177.2600, sustainable nitrile gloves ASTM D6978-05 certified for use with chemotherapy compounds, fatal toxins, and a growing line of reusable biodegradable chemical-resistant gloves.


We can’t change Earth’s past but we can change its future. Don’t contribute to the problem but be part of the solution. A new ERA of disposable hand protection has arrived, ushering the future of disposable hand protection. Convert your conventional nitrile gloves to our SHOWA® brand gloves with accelerated biodegradation to divert landfill. Preserve the planet while protecting your team. MDS offers you a growing portfolio of Eco-friendly hand protection.

We Can’t Change Earth’s Past But We Can Its Future, and It Starts With You! Divert Landfill, Stop Plastic Pollution and Go Sustainable Today!

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