Green Latex Gloves
A Long Time Favorite
If you, your practice, your business, or the institution you work for prefers to use green disposable gloves, then perhaps the next choice is material. Green latex gloves are offered by Blossom, EcoBee, Aurelia, Cranberry, Medline and RelyAid. The natural, latex formulation in green latex gloves has a longstanding reputation for fit, flexibility and comfort, and yet some people have an allergic sensitivity to the material.
A Choice in Thickness, Aroma and Texture
Depending on your personal preferences, combined with the specifics of the task at hand, selecting a green latex glove should take several factors into account. Depending on the job, you can choose from a variety of thicknesses. Green latex gloves from My Glove Depot are offered in thicknesses beginning at 3.2 mil on up to a thickness of 8.7 mil for Medline green surgical gloves. Some are enhanced by green mint or peppermint aroma. Not all people appreciate the scent of natural green latex gloves, and minty treatments can make a difference, particularly at the dentist's’ office.
Textured gloves have also become an important consideration. In wet or slippery conditions, textured fingertips can help you keep a firm grip, even on glass. Some green latex gloves are textured at just the fingertips or the palm, while others are textured over the entire hand. Certain situations may call for a “honeycomb” type of texturing, and the Aurelia Distinct brand has a patented honeycomb surface on their gloves.
Latex vs. Nitrile and Vinyl
Natural rubber latex, nitrile and vinyl are the most widely used disposable glove materials. Each material has features that make it ideal for specific applications. Natural latex that is used to make green latex gloves is derived from plants, and are a popular choice for medical and industrial use. Key advantages of latex are:
- Dependable barrier protection
- Consistent fit
Latex provides a bit more comfort and dexterity than nitrile or vinyl. The downside to latex is the possibility of latex-related allergic reactions that range from simple irritation to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. Some companies are developing a low-protein latex that may reduce the possibilities of latex sensitivity.
If you’re looking for an alternative to green latex gloves, nitrile, a very popular glove material which replicates many of the positive characteristics of latex (flexibility, strength and durability) without the latex allergy threat. Nitrile is a synthetic material that exhibits rubber-like characteristics. These gloves are widely used across all industries and are often used to protect both the worker and the materials being handled.