SHOWA Biodegradable Gloves with ECO BEST TECHNOLOGY®
SHOWA ECO BEST TECHNOLOGY®
We do all that we can to make a positive impact within our company, through our products and for our planet, always seeking better ways to meet the demands of today without compromising tomorrow.
This is why a large proportion of our research is devoted to biodegradable products and to developing fibres that have a reduced impact on the environment. SHOWA R&D reached a major breakthrough with ECO BEST TECHNOLOGY® (EBT) - the innovation that gave rise to the world’s first biodegradable nitrile glove.
WHAT DOES EBT DO?
EBT accelerates the biodegradation of nitrile in biologically active landfills and anaerobic digesters, as validated by independent certified laboratories using internationally recognized test methods. EBT is composed of organic materials designed to make the gloves attractive to microbial activity.
Upon consuming the EBT material, these microorganisms excrete enzymes that depolymerize the nitrile. The final result is biogases and inert humus.
HOW DOES EBT WORK?
[ 1 ] EBT Materials
[ 2 ] Glove Disposal
[ 3 ] Biologically active landfill
[ 4 ] Microorganism Decomposition within 1-5 years
[ 5 ] Natural soil mix
Protection is our first priority. With SHOWA’s revolutionary Eco Best Technology® (EBT), we not only provide top of the line hand protection, but also a means of protecting our planet for generations to come.
When disposed in biologically active landfills, microorganisms consume, metabolize and break down EBT materials into three natural compounds— organic soil, methane and carbon dioxide. This creates biogases and inert humus, leaving zero waste behind.
EBT requires biologically active landfills for biodegradation. Which means gloves with EBT cannot even begin to biodegrade prior to disposal. These abilities have been validated by independent certified laboratories using ASTM International test methods (ASTM D5511).
Consider the number of disposable gloves used every day in hospitals, offices, schools, warehouses, labs and even our own homes. The numbers are astronomical. EBT accelerates each glove's bio-degradation process compared to non-biodegradable products. And every glove makes a difference.
Information courtesy of SHOWA International.