Following the removal of one-time PVC packaging from their supply chain, Aquila and their parent company Taste International have announced a programme of evaluation and planning to deal with the recycling and energy issues around manufacture and use of industrial gloves.
Aquila already aims to minimise these issues by offering gloves with a lifetime of 14 washes, but Taste International plan to go further by studying the possibility of low-energy bulk laundering for large quantities on a collect basis.
Factory production processes are under environmental pressure where it is possible to use renewable energy and to recycle wastewater to a level of zero pollution.
Typically, industrial gloves are a mix of cotton, polyester and nylon, so the programme will look at re-use and recycling with awareness of launder-and-match possibilities for large-scale consumers and use of chopped/shredded material in insulation, soft stuffing, packaging and reconstituted panels. Other reclaim processes include carding and re-weaving or mechanical /chemical reduction to components for re-use.
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