The auto industry is the biggest user of butadiene (synthetic rubber), used specifically in the manufacture of car tires. With car sales in China almost doubling in the last year, the subsequent sharp increase in butadiene price has been passed onto glove manufacturers, who in turn are passing these rising costs to suppliers and consumers.
Historically, latex gloves have been used in the medical and dental industries because of their superior dexterity and tactile feel, especially for surgical work. However, these can be problematic with practitioners and patients with latex allergies.
A paper published in the Australasian Medical Journal outlined a study carried out at Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand, on the contamination potential of unused disposable gloves. The study focused on several aspects of cross contamination. One interesting side measurement was the occurrence of bacteria on unopened gloves.
Disposable consumables are an area that most suppliers don’t focus on but this is what we live and breathe. Often companies selling protective clothing and disposable gloves know very little about these products, or even don't care!
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