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Out of curiosity, I reviewed our files and discovered that we have produced over 10 ½ tons of our bamboo gloves. That’s 21,375 US lbs. to save you time calculating. It’s not surprising if you look at our warehouse and the ocean freight shipping containers behind our loading dock.
However, the weight numbers are surprising when you pick up a pair of these lightweight but heavy duty multi-purpose utility gloves made from bamboo.
As a GO Green Glove user, you’ve made our planet greener, our air fresher, reduced landfill burden, and saved yourself some money at the same time.
Every gardener knows that a good pair of gloves is an essential gardening tool. However, with the many types of gloves available, it can be overwhelming to make a choice. Here’s a simple guide by type to help you with your choice. (see links in titles below) Leather and Pruning Gloves Leather gloves are the standard for strength and durability. You chose from standard driver’s styles to models used for wire fencing. For pruning, purchase a pair of pruning gloves specifically designed for pruning with reinforced arm protection. If you are working in wet conditions look for pigskin gloves since they will dry soft if they get wet. Newer artificial leather gloves are fine and will last longer than natural leather.
Cotton and Jersey Gloves Cotton and Jersey gloves are the most popular because they are inexpensive but they have limitations. They are breathable and lightweight and will keep your hands clean and protect you from blisters. However, they will absorb moisture and not protect you from chemicals or cuts and abrasions. Also, they are not very durable or long-lasting.
Disposable Gloves (Latex, Nitrile, Vinyl PVC) I do not recommend using disposable gloves since they are not durable and do not offer proper protection against most chemicals and pesticides. Plus, latex gloves will dissolve when exposed to gasoline or motor oils used in lawnmowers.
Rubber Gloves Although rubber gloves tend to be hot, they offer great protection against moisture and most chemicals. If you only need moisture protection – natural rubber is fine. However, I suggest you look for nitrile or vinyl gloves for use with chemicals and pesticides.
Bamboo Knit Gloves These are becoming extremely popular since they are earth friendly, last long, fit and feel great, and inexpensive. They also come with a coated palm for added protection and grip. My personal biased choice is the GO Greens® Bamboo Gloves from GO Gloves.
We just received our latest shipment of our popular GO Greens® Bamboo Gloves and things have certainly changed.
As many of you already know, the GO Greens Bamboo Gloves were designed to be the best light weight general utility coated work glove on the market. And, be the only environmental friendly work glove, too boot. Mission accomplished.
What we didn’t anticipate is that our warehouse manager had to recruit our office staff to help unload 4 tons of the GO Greens last week.
It’s that time of year for gardening and more people are planting vegetable gardens to save money. However, I was reminded to post this information while I was on vacation recently and watched the landscaper at the resort where I stayed. He was spraying dangerous pesticides (I saw the poison label on the metal container) and he wasn’t wearing protective garments including, you guessed, gloves.
You should note that dangerous liquid and dust fertilizers and pesticides WILL absorb into your skin (cutaneous absorption). Example: You may recall the Anthrax bioterrorism scare in 2001.
When using pesticides, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding suitable glove material. The most functional models will be Nitrile Coated Gloves or PVC Coated Gloves which provide a broad range of chemical resistance.
The Do Not’s:
Do NOT use latex gloves for chemical protection. They will not provide the required protection.
Do NOT use cloth or leather gloves since they will absorb the pesticide liquids and dusts like your skin or become a serious source of exposure.
Wear waterproof, washable gloves.
Wear durable, chemical protective gauntlet gloves which extend up the forearm.
Coated gloves are my favorite industrial and work glove to talk about because they have become very comfortable, functional and versatile. In many cases they are replacing traditional leather work gloves. And, since it’s that time of year you might like to know that they also make great garden gloves, too.
Due to the introduction of new fibers and a vast selection of coating options many users became confused to find the right glove. So confused, that I found myself on the phone all day fielding their questions to lend a hand (pun intended) in selecting the correct glove for their situation.
That’s when I decided to write a primer on coated gloves which could be e-mailed to them as a reference and save some of their time and mine. That primer turned into an article which was published last year in Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. You can link to the primer here or go to the article by clicking on the title of this post.
As a matter of fact, coated gloves look good, too. I even used one model as the featured image on my Blog. Let me know if you found the primer or article helpful.