Zoos Love These Single-Use Sustainable Latex-Free Nitrile Gloves

Don't Fret Over Glove Disposal Anymore!

Zoological parks and aquariums are a fun and educational place to spend time. On display are aquatic creatures and endangered species native to all parts of the Earth.

Zoos are not only committed to improving the welfare of captive wild animals, but are equally committed to the role of environmental stewardship that includes conservation, sustainability, recycling, composting and waste reduction for a better, healthier planet.

A panda eating bamboo

Obviously, the well being and overall health of each captive wild animal is critical to success.

Zoos provide science-based husbandry, medical care, population management of all animals and utilize animal care staffs, veterinarians and researchers. Their objective is to lead and participate in initiatives focusing on population, sustainability, wildlife health and emerging diseases, nutrition, animal behavior, cognition, management and exhibitry.


Because some animals have a history of being more susceptible to human diseases, single-use gloves are critical contamination control P.P.E. (Personal Protection Equipment) that prevents cross-contamination in zoo keeper animal handling, animal food preparation and veterinary oral hygiene care.

While single-use hand protection is essential for the safety of animals and employees alike, there's an unfortunate drawback to wearing disposable gloves.

With an estimated 180 billion pairs of disposable gloves being tossed in the garbage each year, these single-use glove products can take 200+ years to decompose in landfill. This means the very first nitrile gloves produced are still out there somewhere.

If your zoologist, veterinary dentist or doctor is using single-use latex gloves, latex-free vinyl gloves or nitrile style gloves, we have sustainable glove options that you may want to consider!

Eliminate Petroleum Plastic Pollution with These Single-Use GreenCircle® Verified Latex-Free Nitrile Gloves

An Eco image-man holding a a green colored earth growing a seedling in his palms

The future of disposable hand protection has arrived! If your facility hasn’t converted to biodegradable hand protection, now is the time. Taking the next step in sustainability, SHOWA® Glove and SW® Sustainable Solutions brand of single-use latex-free powder-free nitrile gloves have achieved GreenCircle® certification for single-use gloves that meet ASTM D5526-12 test certification for biodegradable claims!

Our biodegradable single-use nitrile gloves utilize special additives designed to speed up the biodegradation or breakdown processes in landfill ultimately reducing the piles of hand protection waste in landfill.

Growing in popularity are these highly affordable single-use nitrile glove products that provide a positive impact on facilities, our planet and one that will leave a lasting, positive impression with your guests and team! They perform, fit and protect like their counterparts but are much better for the planet! You won't have to fret over disposal anymore!


Featuring Eco-Best Technology® (EBT), SHOWA® Single-Use EBT Nitrile Gloves achieved 82% biodegradation in only 386 days, while gloves without EBT achieved only 1.9% biodegradation over the same period of time.

SHOWA® biodegradable nitrile gloves are manufactured with a unique soft low-modulus formulation that utilizes hand heat to soften the compound so that it molds to the hand and fingers as it is worn.

These sustainable disposable gloves also comply with Federal regulations for food contact 21CFR, 177.2600. They are available in popular green, blue and black (fentanyl certified) colors. Also available is an accelerator-free version in color blue formulated for sensitive-skin wearers.


SW® Safety’s EcoTek® proprietary nitrile formula enables their nitrile gloves to break down in landfill 92.6% in only 2.5 years and without any glove performance loss. Their innovative line-up of single-use latex-free gloves includes a growing number of glove styles offered in different colors, thickness and innovative glove technologies such as Breach Alert™ visual detection and Energel® patented moisturizer technologies.


Vegware's compostale food handler gloved hands holding aplle slices

Independently certified to decompose in only 12 weeks, these plant-based disposable Food Prep Gloves or Food Handler Gloves from Vegware™ are often the choice of hand protection when handling or preparing food items.

Used for light duty tasks that require frequent glove changes, this loose-fitting and lightweight glove provides plenty of tactility and strength. Vegware’s Food Prep Gloves are made with polyactic acid (PLA) which is a plastic substrate made from fermented plant starch (usually corn) and it is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional petroleum based plastics such as polyethylene.

Together We Can Make A Difference

As conservation organizations, Zoos believe they have a heightened obligation to operate in the most environmentally sound ways as possible and engage visitors in environmental conservation and education.

Now you can model green leadership, raise the bar of environmental performance and become the community’s most hands-on living showcases of sustainability simply by converting to biodegradable hand protection today!

Our sustainable single-use nitrile gloves are competitively priced, perform like their counterparts and better for the planet! Provide a new way to care for the environment, your animals and zoology team.

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

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