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Best Eco-Friendly Safety Gloves 2024

1 Comment2 January 2024

So many gloves (especially disposables) are unrecyclable, with millions being dumped in landfills every year. With the implications of our harmful living now coming into view, lots of industries are striving to 'go green', and more and more consumers are searching for products that have been manufactured ethically and responsibly. 

Polyco PolyFlex Gloves in action

Eco-friendly manufacturers can promote green living by utilising recyclable or biodegradable materials to eliminate waste build-up. Sustainable manufacturing methods are also vital, helping to minimise water, chemical and energy use.

What Will This Guide Cover?

Here at SafetyGloves.co.uk, we pride ourselves on our careful selection of trusted brands and glove manufacturers. In this article, we'll examine the Best Eco-Friendly Safety Gloves suitable for a number of different industrial applications.

We've picked out a few key industries to focus on, but don't worry, we've listed lots of other suitable applications too! Here's what this handy guide will cover:


Best Eco-Friendly Assembly Gloves

UCI EnviroFlex Lightweight Eco-Friendly Work Safety Gloves

UCI EnviroFlex Gloves

Why We Love Them...

 Each pair is made from one 500ml recycled bottle
 Excellent protection against abrasion
 Touchscreen compatible for smartphone and tablet use

Also Perfect For...

 Construction
 Warehousing
 Cargo Handling

The Cons...

 These gloves cannot be used with chemicals (See Our Solution)
 Thicker design not suited to precision handling

 

Editor's Review: The UCI EnviroFlex Gloves are entirely latex free, lightweight and dextrous. If you want to be more environmentally friendly, you'll love that one pair of gloves equals one recycled plastic bottle - it's as simple as that! These gloves are also superb for use in damp and wet conditions.

EN Standards: EN 388

 

Best Eco-Friendly Food Manufacturing Gloves

TraffiGlove Sustain Tri-Polymer Disposable Nitrile Gloves

TraffiGlove Sustain Tri-Polymer Gloves

Why We Love Them...

 The world's first carbon neutral disposable glove
 New 3TP technology is cool and comfortable on the skin
 Full texturing maximises grip for more controlled handling

Also Perfect For...

 Food Prep, Packaging and Service
 Chemical Handling
 Cleaning (Industrial & Domestic)

The Cons...

 Contains latex, so may not work with sensitive skin (See Our Solution)
 Relatively thin due to their disposable design

 

Editor's Review: Traditional nitrile gloves can take over 100 years to biodegrade on landfills, but the TraffiGlove Sustain Nitrile Disposables biodegrade by an impressive 82% within 90 days. These gloves use a high content of sustainably produced raw material, take 85% less energy to process, as well as being supplied in recyclable packaging!

EN Standards: EN 374

 

Best Eco-Friendly Gardening Gloves

Briers Latex-Coated Breathable Bamboo Gardening Gloves

Briers Latex-Coated Breathable Bamboo Gardening Gloves

Why We Love Them...

 Made from ultra-soft feel, eco-conscious natural bamboo fibres
 Naturally antibacterial to reduce odours and bacteria growth
 Superb protection against thorns, blades and insect bites

Perfect For...

 Plant Maintenance
 Wood Handling
 Outdoor Work

The Cons...

 Not suitable for heavy work (See Our Solution)
 Bamboo fabric does not dry as fast as synthetic alternatives

 

Editor's Review: Environmentally conscious, hypoallergenic and comfortable, the Briers Latex-Coated Breathable Bamboo Gardening Gloves have it all. Bamboo fabric is a much more sustainable alternative to other glove materials, meaning you can tend to your beloved garden while helping the planet too.

EN Standards: EN 420, EN 388

 

Best Eco-Friendly Oil and Gas Gloves

Powerform S6 Ecotek Biodegradable Nitrile Gloves

Powerform S6 Ecotek Gloves

Why We Love Them...

 Ecotek Biodegradability Technology returns nitrile gloves to nature 
 Fully textured surface ensures excellent grip in wet and oily conditions
 Smooth and non-powdered interior for skin-friendly wear

Also Perfect For...

 Janitorial Maintenance
 Food Handling
 Chemical Handling

The Cons...

 Not suitable for protection against mechanical hazards (See Our Solution)
 Cannot be worn more than once in order to maintain hygiene

 

Editor's Review: Disposable gloves can be very problematic for the environment. The Powerform S6 Ecotek Disposables combat waste build-up, utilising clever technology which ensures that these gloves will decompose within 945 days. Plus, they're great for protecting the skin and preventing contamination.

EN Standards: EN 420, EN 374

 

Best Eco-Friendly Utilities Gloves

Polyco Polyflex Eco Latex Coated Utility Gloves

POLYCO POLYFLEX ECO LATEX COATED UTILITY GLOVES PEL

Why We Love Them...

 Made with reduced plastic and recycled materials
 Treated with additives to reduce odour and build up of microbes
 Elasticated knit wrists for a secure and comfortable fit

Also Perfect For...

 Construction work
 Transportation
 Warehouse work

The Cons...

 Lower level of abrasion protection (See Our Solution)
 We don't recommend these gloves for damp or oily environments (See Our Solution)

 

Editor's Review: It's time to (literally) go green with the Polyflex Eco Gloves. Not only does each pair contain 10g of recycled plastic bottles, but they're even packed without a trace of plastic. You can cut down on your industry's reliance on virgin materials like oil-based polyester, all whilst keeping your hands comfy and protected.

EN Standards: EN 388

 

Our Conclusion

Our superb range of eco-friendly gloves looks out for the good of your hands and the earth. Swap out wasteful materials for recyclable and biodegradable alternatives, and do your part for the planet, because even a small change can make a difference.

If you're looking for more gloves, why not check out our Assembly, Food Manufacturing and Gardening categories?

For more expert opinions, check out our other Top 5 Lists here at SafetyGloves.co.uk.

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