by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
This is the first what is claimed to be biodegradable synthetic gardening glove with a sponge nitrile coating that provides optimal long lasting grip.
Soft, seamless and lightweight (15 gauge) polyester liner for a comfortable wearing experience. Form-fitting and anatomically designed, breathable and washable, elasticated cuffs. Available in sizes S, M, L, XL.
The unique 'biodegradable' characteristic of the glove – please note, it says biodegradable and not compostable – is made possible with innovative Eco Best Technologv'" (EBT) within the liner and sponge nitrile coating.
The EBT organic additive is designed to make the SHOWA 4552 attractive to microbial activity in landfill. Upon consumption of the EBT formulation, micro-organisms excrete enzymes that depolymerise the nitrile. The result is biogases and inert humus.
Normal nitrile takes decades, if not hundreds of years to degrade and break down in landfill whereas the biodegradation rate of the SHOWA 4552 is far more rapid - typically within 24 months (depending on landfill conditions).
Those gloves are not at all dissimilar of the ordinary nitrile covered work gloves that can be found everywhere nowadays and often for little money. The difference is simply that with the ordinary ones the nitrile stays in the biosphere for much longer.
They wear well, allow you too grip things, even in camp and wet conditions, and thus are just what ones needs at times in the garden. They are not suitable, however, for working with thorns and such as they will offer no protection against those.
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