Gloves to Energy Web Banner

Introducing Green Monkey Biodegradable Disposable Gloves

Watson Gloves is proud to bring to the world our collection of biodegradable disposable gloves — Green Monkey. Green Monkey gloves provide the same performance and durability as regular nitrile gloves, but now better for the environment, as these gloves degrade in 8-11 years (ASTM-D5526) compared to the 200 years it takes for regular nitrile gloves.

Additionally, when Green Monkey biodegradable gloves are disposed of properly in modern landfills, they go through a biodegradation process that results in the gloves converting into energy and fuel, which can then be used to power homes, business, and communities. Now, you can continue doing your job, while the Green Monkey gloves do its job turning #GlovesToEnergy.

Green Monkey Infographic - Years to Degrade

Why Biodegradation Matters

When we look at other common items that we use in our daily lives, it takes decades or even centuries for these products to decompose. For regular nitrile gloves, it can take over 200 years before the gloves are fully degraded. In 2019, 14 million tons of disposable gloves were consumed, which means a tremendous amount of non-biodegradable waste that ends up in landfills.

Green Monkey biodegradable disposable gloves is a solution to the large disposable waste problem, as it 1) keeps the environment green and 2) produces clean renewable energy.

How It Works

Once you’re done using the Green Monkey gloves and dispose of them in regular trash disposal, they go to a modern landfill where the gloves start to break down, as they react to being in an anaerobic environment (low heat, high pressure, limited oxygen, no light, and low moisture). This is where biodegradation happens. The Reclaim™ additive in the Green Monkey gloves attracts microbes in the landfill, which turns the gloves into biogas. Methane production from the biogas is then captured by the landfill and converts it into clean renewable energy.

To note, Green Monkey gloves show 26.5% of biodegradation in the first 390 days (based on ASTM D5526 tests).

Green Monkey Infographic - Biodegradation Begins When Gloves are Introduced into a Landfill
Green Monkey Infographic - Landfills Capture Methane Production and Converts It Into Energy and Fuel

What Is Biogas and How Does It Turn to Energy?

Biogas is a type of biofuel that is produced from the breakdown of waste when it’s in anaerobic conditions. Although biogas is commonly produced from organic waste, Green Monkey gloves are able to biodegrade and break down into biogas in modern landfills thanks to Reclaim™ technology. Biogas then converts into methane and carbon dioxide, and rather than being released into the atmosphere, modern landfills are able to capture the gases produced from biogas and transform it into clean energy used to charge your homes, fuel your cars, and more.

Green Monkey Circular Economy Infographic

Recharge the World with Green Monkey Gloves

By turning gloves to energy, it closes the loop of a previously linear process with disposable waste by bringing energy back to society. This creates a circular economy, as Green Monkey gloves provide additional use as energy after its end of life as a glove product.

Additionally, the entire process is a zero-emissions process, as methane from the biogas is captured and converted into energy, as opposed to being released into the atmosphere and harming the environment, which makes biogas a great sustainable source of energy.

Now you can recharge the world with our lineup of Green Monkey biodegradable disposable gloves, which come in a variety of thicknesses: 4 mil, 6 mil, and 8 mil. Green Monkey nitrile gloves are powder-free, exceptionally durable to punctures and tears, and chemically resistant to oils, solvents, and grease. They offer the same performance as any other nitrile glove and requires no change in behaviour when using these gloves. Just make sure when you’re finished with your job, dispose the Green Monkey gloves in the trash (not compost or recycling) so that they properly end up in a modern landfill where the biodegradation takes place.

Recharge our world with the help of Green Monkey gloves and turn #GlovesToEnergy.

Green Monkey Collection

Does your company or customer have sustainable goals? Let’s work together to meet them through eco-friendly PPE.
Contact your Watson Rep today!

Check Out Our Green Monkey™ Video Below!

FAQ

No, they are not. The Reclaim™ additive is engineered to degrade in an anaerobic environment (modern landfills through waste disposal) compared to composting, which is degradation through aerobic composted environments.

No, performance and shelf life is not affected; there is no chance of them breaking down from day-to-day usage. The Reclaim™ additive is only activated once in a landfill condition under very specific circumstances (being deprived of light, oxygen and interacts with certain moisture conditions). So you can feel free to use them like you would with any other disposable gloves that do not have the Reclaim™ additive.

No, Green Monkey gloves do not break down into microplastics. When Green Monkey gloves decompose, they degrade into biogas and leave nothing behind.

There is an optimal timeframe for biodegradable disposable gloves to decompose and produce biogas. If gloves convert into biogas too quickly, the greenhouse gases won’t fully be captured, and thus, will be wasted. A faster degradation will not achieve the best results; biodegradation in a slow, gradual manner is key here.

Modern landfills, otherwise known as municipal solid waste landfills, have evolved tremendously from what they used to be in the past (unregulated open dumping grounds filled with garbage).  In current times, modern landfills are strictly regulated, managed, and designed with engineered systems and processes in place, which help with waste degradation. Degradation leads to the production of methane, and the technology of modern landfills ensures that methane is captured and reclaimed to make clean, inexpensive energy. You can expect most landfills in the developed world to be modern landfills that are safely and productively decomposing waste.

Methane emission is certainly bad when released into the atmosphere. Both organic and inorganic materials produce greenhouse gases (methane and carbon dioxide) when they decompose in landfills. The distinction with modern landfills is that, rather than being emitted into the atmosphere, methane from biogas is captured and harnessed within these landfills to create natural gas and energy.

The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is a globally established and reputable test method developer and has developed technical standards for a wide range of products. ASTM D5526 (stringent, long term test) and ASTM D5511 (less expensive alternative with quicker results) tests are used to assess biodegradability in products. These tests are the pinnacle for biodegradability testing, and it is highly recommended to check for ASTM test results when looking for biodegradable products.

At Watson Gloves, we treat glove testing very seriously to ensure that our products are labeled with the correct ratings and certifications. Our Green Monkey disposable gloves are ASTM D5526 certified and we always ensure to be transparent with ASTM results for our biodegradable products.

Sign up for our newsletter!

Get the latest in Watson Gloves news, product releases, such as Green Monkey™, and industry updates.