Join the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our biodegradable gloves are an innovation resulting from the intensified effort to conserve and ensure the lasting protection of the planet.
Efforts need to be made to limit the environmental impact during the disposal stage of gloves. Our biodegradable gloves accelerate the biodegradation process via anaerobic decomposition. The quicker the gloves decompose, the faster they are turned into biogas, water & inert soil.
Using biodegradable materials instead of traditional materials lessens the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Lowering GHG emissions is a standard operating procedure in managing landfills, but more importantly, the focus should also be on the energy recovery aspect. The biodegradation process has the potential to recover 15 billion kWh/year of renewable energy, which is estimated to meet the annual energy consumption of 1.3 million United States households†.
Our biodegradable gloves contain an organic additive which makes the glove a desirable food source to microbes in landfills, leaving behind biogas, water, and inert soil, without compromising product quality. They are an eco- friendly option for use in the medical field to protect patients and users from cross-contamination. Our gloves are designed for use with chemotherapy drugs, chemicals, the food industry, and are in compliance with North American regulatory bodies.
Sustainability is at the core of PADM Medical. Our goal of continual innovation focuses our efforts to bring positive change to people’s lives. Our biodegradable gloves are just one of our green initiatives in helping to create a better environment.
Our biodegradable gloves are a polymerised “food source,” specially formulated to attract microbes found in landfills. This biodegradation method is strictly enzymatic. When bacteria consume the bio-material, they excrete an enzyme that dissolves and de-polymerises the polymer chain, allowing the microbes to break down the remaining polymer naturally.
Our gloves do not biodegrade prior to disposal. The unique formulation only allows the biodegradation process to begin when surrounded by microbes present in a landfill environment. Real-time shelf life study results prove that the physical properties remain unchanged up to 3 years.
Our biodegradable gloves not only pass but exceed ASTM standards for tensile strength and EN standards for force at break, as well as AQL 1.5 for pinhole.
Tensile Strength: 16.0 MPa after aging
Our biodegrading efficacy has been verified by an independent lab, Eden Research Laboratory, using ASTM D5526 and ASTM D5511 methods
|No.||Test Method||Purpose of Testing||Purpose of Testing|
|1||ASTM D5526||To determine the degree and rate of anaerobic biodegradation of materials in accelerated landfill conditions. This is a long term test that replicates the landfill environment of low heat, high pressure, limited oxygen, no light and low moisture.||21% biodegradation in 41 days.‡|
|2||G02BV-S||To determine the degree and rate of anaerobic biodegradation of materials in high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions, which replicates the anaerobic digester or landfill bioreactor environment.||90% biodegradation in 490 days.‡ (Above results are based on a real-time study.)|
* Product is landfill biodegradable. Glove has been tested per ASTM D5526 (landfill)/ASTM D5511 testing and validates up to a 29.9% biodegradation within 202 days.
† ASCE Library, Life cycle Analysis of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Anaerobic Biodegradation of Municipal Solid Water.
‡ The actual biodegradation rates will vary depending on the landfill conditions and the biological activity of microorganisms surrounding the nitrile gloves.