Protection and Preservation in One
SHOWA's Eco Best Technology® (EBT) is the breakthrough innovation that makes their gloves fully biodegradable and the first of their kind.
HOW IT WORKS?
The unique biodegradable characteristic is made possible with innovative Eco Best Technology® (EBT) which is added during the production process to the glove’s material.
The EBT organic additive is designed to make the respective gloves attractive to microbial activity when disposed in landfills. Microorganisms consume, metabolise and break down EBT materials into three natural compounds - organic soil, methane and carbon dioxide.
See our SHOWA Biodegradable Nitrile Gloves Infographic to find out more about the process.
WHERE IT WORKS?
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 independant certified laboratories using ASTM International test methods (ASTM D5511).
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT?
Consider the number of gloves used everyday in hospitals, schools, warehouses, labs and even our own homes and gardens. The numbers are astronomical. With EBT, SHOWA accelerates each glove's biodegradation process by up to 100 years*. And every glove makes a difference.
*depending on climate and location of landfill
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This new technology is already present in a range of SHOWA nitrile gloves.
An innovative and truly ground-breaking characteristic of EBT is the ability to maintain the same physical properties (shelf life, texture, appearance, etc.) as regular nitrile gloves and can be used in the same applications with no loss of performance whatsoever.
Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) is a form of synthetic rubber and without the EBT additive, it cannot attract enough microbial activity to begin breaking down the polymer’s molecular structure, thus leaving the process of reclamation to light, heat, mechanical stress and moisture.
Regular nitrile takes decades, if not hundreds of years to biodegrade and break down in landfill. Whereas the biodegradation rate of gloves featuring EBT is far more rapid – typically within 24 months (depending on landfill conditions).
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