We’ve changed the ingredients of traditional disposable gloves, which have a heavy carbon footprint, to a far lighter and more sustainable and measurable one. The key ingredient change is using exceptionally high-quality natural rubber, grown in our own factory plantations in Sri Lanka. This means that the percentage of petrochemicals released into the atmosphere is significantly lower than that of a nitrile disposable glove. 85% less energy is used per tonne to process natural rubber compared to synthetic rubber (nitrile). The trees that produce the natural rubber then go on to be used as biomass wood pellet fuel for the factory, therefore providing sustainable power and heat, and a lower carbon footprint in production.
WHAT DOES NATURAL RUBBER IN TD02 MEAN FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE LATEX ALLERGIES?
-TD02 has been dermatologically approved by the Skin Health Alliance
-Studies have shown that health care workers displaying sensitisation to natural rubber latex have been non-responsive-protein to low-allergen, low-protein and powder-free latex gloves
-The recommendation in hand protection products is that the latex protein should be 50μg or less. At 50μg the product will be considered very low risk of allergic reaction. We test for extractable protein content and maintain levels below 25μg per g. We also test for the specific Hev B allergen content to ensure these will always remain at low levels in completed production
-Type IV hypersensitivity is linked to the vulcanising chemicals (accelerators and anti-oxidants) used in the manufacturing of both nitrile and latex