Cost is always a factor in any purchasing decision. With products such as disposable gloves and clothing, there has previously been little reason to think beyond the price.
Do you know why some gloves are cheaper than others? In this article, we highlight the true cost of disposable gloves, and why you need to focus on value when purchasing these products, rather than cost alone.
(WARNING – the following contains information that may shock!)
- Raw materials
Gloves manufactured from cheap, low-quality raw materials can commonly cause skin allergies. Studies have shown that the chemical accelerators and other additives commonly used in the production of nitrile, latex and non-latex gloves can cause Type IV allergy, presenting as chronic dermatitis of the hands and wrists.
Weakness in gloves is as much a factor of glove quality and raw material choice as it is thickness. So if there are ripping or breakage problems - moving to a thicker glove is not necessarily the best option and increases cost and waste.
Nitrile gloves made with poor quality raw materials may have increased levels of cyanide within the glove - there is currently no testing for this and no requirement for testing to take place.
“….increased levels of cyanide within the glove….”
To reduce costs, many vinyl gloves contain the inexpensive phthalate plasticizers. These have been found to adversely impact human health and have been added to the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.
- Manufacturing, QC and labour standards
Do you, or your glove supplier, know where your disposable gloves are manufactured?
Recent factory audits and investigations have revealed endemic and serious labour rights abuse of workers in glove factories in Thailand, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. A comprehensive investigative report by the BMA states that “the manufacturer of disposable gloves is at a high risk of labour rights abuse.”
“The manufacture of disposable gloves is at a high risk of labour rights abuse.”
The Eagle team visit and audit our factories regularly and, via our Supplier Code of Conduct, verify product quality, staff conditions, and the factory’s environmental footprint.
Eagle is also on the journey to becoming Child Labor Free* for a core range of products. Child Labor Free conducts independent unannounced spot audits on all aspects of labour conditions, especially child labour.
- How many gloves per box?
Most disposable glove boxes contain 100 gloves. However, a well-known method by manufacturers of reducing costs is to include up to 5-10 fewer gloves per box, and/or include a number of defective gloves – instantly reducing the cost of goods!
“up to 5-10 less gloves per box”
- Cost Vs Value.
Eagle Protect guarantees the best value of disposable gloves and clothing you can buy – quality, competitively priced products that are responsibly sourced. We may not be the cheapest supplier, but we do offer the best value for your money.
Now that you know the many good reasons why gloves are cheap –you may not want to risk your reputation, customer and staff health by purchasing from unknown sources.
“we do offer the best value for money”
More about Eagle Protect
Eagle is the only B Corp certified disposable glove and clothing specialist in the world! Our supplier audits and recent journey towards Child Labor Free certification ensures our products are responsibly sourced with a fully transparent supply chain.
We are endeavouring to partner with businesses that care enough about their products, their reputation, their staff and their customers, by sourcing their disposable gloves and clothing responsibly.
Our products are competitively priced and are of the best quality available. Through our expertise and experience, we are a perfect match for your purpose.
Visit our store today, to find a disposable glove to suit your business needs.
*The organisation behind Child Labor Free has ceased offering accreditation renewal, effective December 2020.