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Why are we so focused on Sustainability?

Under our phAMBITION program, here at Polyco Healthline we are committed to making the world a safer and cleaner place. Both now and in years to come. In 2019, a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) found that only 9% of all plastic produced globally was recycled. (https://www.oecd.org/environment/plastics/plastics lifecycle-is-far-from-circular.htm) according to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (https://www.unep.org/interactive/pollution-to-solution/) And how does that affect us? A study has shown that we may be consuming 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year. Importantly the study shows that we consume these via multiple channels and that avoiding consuming plastic in our diet is very difficult, ‘if not impossible’. This has led us to review our product packaging strategy. (https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/ environment/2019/06/you-eat-thousands-bits-plastic every-year) But what does that really mean? Each year an estimated 11 million tonnes of plastic enter the world’s oceans,

Our Services Green Promise

What are we doing about it at a product level? Product level environmentally friendly solutions for industrial gloves pose the biggest challenge to us as a manufacturer. Because we design products for performance, longevity and comfort, materials are often blended and combined - making it harder to offer solutions. However, thanks to our market leading R&D program, we have been the first to bring to market industrial gloves made in part from recycled plastic bottles (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate or RPET for short). Many textile raw materials are plastic based; polyester & nylon are widely used for example. By using RPET instead, we are reducing our reliance on virgin polyester.

At present we have this technology in two general handling gloves, a thermal glove and two cut resistant glove options – But keep an eye on our social media for updates and new launches. Across the wider business we have compostable gloves, compostable car seat covers and dissolvable screen wash tablets that save plastic.


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