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INNOVATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

 

A recyclable protective glove in an increasingly wasteful world

THE STORY
THE STORY

THE STORY

Innovation at Your Fingertips

Currently, 2.6 million metric tons of single use personal protective equipment or PPE are sent to landfills in the U.S. Furthermore approximately 300 billion single-use gloves are used and landfilled each year. In Sweden,1500 to 5000 metric tons of PPE plastic waste is generated each year, with single-use gloves making up a shocking 44% of that PPE waste. The environmental impact from non-biodegradable and non-recyclable PPE is not only seen in the U.S. and Sweden. It is felt worldwide.

 

The world health organization stated that due to COVID-19, global manufacturing and production of PPE has increased by 40% and is still on the rise. Unfortunately, the increase in manufacturing has not satisfied the increase in demand, as the demand for single use-gloves has increased 20x the normal level over the last couple of months. This has created a PPE shortage, which has led to the prioritizing the demand from healthcare facilities. Sadly, this leaves many workers in non-healthcare affiliated facilities, such as Waste Management unprotected.

HOW IT WORKS
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Waste Management Solution

Waste Management workers currently go through 3-5 gloves per 8 hour shift. Using water soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVA),                             gives facilities the ability to reproduce fresh new gloves after they have been contaminated. Unlike current single-use gloves, our reformable gloves are non-toxic and biodegradable

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Benefits
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Circular system reduces the amount of landfill caused by PPE

In house glove manufacturing decreases dependence on external supply chains

Mobile system allows gloves to be made anywhere

THE BUILT MOLDING UNIT

THE BUILT MOLDING UNIT

Plan for Full System

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PVA Shredder

The gloves are dismantled to enable efficient cleaning and elimination of any visible contamination 

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Cold Water Rinse + Dissolve with Hot Water

The shredded material is rinsed with cold water (PVA is minimally soluble in cold water), and the waste water is drained. Then the hot water is added, creating a PVA and water solution. For additional sterility the solution can be autoclaved and/or passed through a filter.

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