EcoTek is technology developed by SW Safety Solutions in support of global sustainability initiatives. The new technology dramatically accelerates biodegradability of the company’s nitrile gloves.
SW nitrile gloves updated with EcoTek biodegradability technology deliver the same performance and comfort as the non-EcoTek gloves but are rapidly biodegradable in landfills through the action of naturally occurring microorganisms.
Long term landfill biodegradation testing, according to ASTM D5526-12, has reported 92.6 per cent biodegradation of SW gloves with EcoTek in only 945 days.
Non-EcoTek nitrile gloves exhibited virtually no degradation (up to only 1.1 per cent) during the same period. ASTM D5526-12 test results do not predict future biodegradation.
The technology ultimately reduces waste, saving valuable landfill space by facilitating the breakdown and return of nitrile gloves to nature in time frames that can be measured in months and years rather than centuries, says SW.