Press Release – Watson Gloves partners with 3M Thinsulate to launch new industrial work gloves with sustainable insulation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 15, 2022— Watson Gloves, a 104-year-old company founded in Vancouver, Canada and a leading supplier of quality gloves across North America, has partnered with 3M™ Thinsulate™ to release a new line of industrial gloves made with sustainable insulation. Available this fall in 15 styles, the new Watson Gloves line features 3M Thinsulate Type EC, containing 78% fibers made from post consumer recycled plastic water bottles. The insulation is Global Recycled Standard certified and produced in mills that are Bluesign and Oeko-Tex certified.

“Watson Gloves is committed to sustainable developments and innovation, and we saw an opportunity to elevate the industrial PPE industry and be a market innovator by using recycled materials,” said Laura Whitlock, Watson Gloves senior director of marketing and innovation. “Industrial workers can go through numerous pairs of gloves each year due to rugged daily use, and the used products end up in landfills. Being able to look at the beginning of the product life cycle and use sustainable materials to manufacture our gloves helps to reduce that footprint. Teaming up with a reputable company like 3M enables us to bring sustainability to the jobsite without compromising warmth or performance.”

“3M Thinsulate continuously pursues innovations to expand our sustainable product offerings. We are proud to help our progressive customers like Watson Gloves, a long-time partner for more than 40 years, to not only expand their sustainable product offerings, but also to help them support their industrial customers’ ESG goals,” said Mike Mandanas, Ph.D., 3M Home, Health and Auto Care Division global research and development director.

3M Thinsulate EC adds to Watson Gloves’ growing portfolio of sustainable gloves, which began with the successful 2019 release of biodegradable disposable gloves, Green Monkey™ and WasteNot™ eco polyester, found in the company’s industrial and lifestyle gloves. Since 2020, Watson Gloves has diverted over 3 million plastic bottles from landfills by using rPET materials. For more information on Watson Gloves’ eco products and the company’s process of turning bottles into gloves visit here.

About Watson Gloves

Watson Gloves first started as a two-person shop selling gloves to Vancouver’s dock workers when they opened their doors in 1918. Today, they’ve grown across North America distributing quality gloves for work, home and play. Their glove innovations play a large part to their success, such as their push for more sustainable products into the market. Watson Gloves sell their gloves all across North America with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, and also sell at select retailers and distributors in the USA and internationally. Product categories range from home improvement, gardening, construction, welding, automotive, recreational, and more with over 2,000 different styles offered. Learn more at and follow Watson Gloves on InstagramFacebook and Twitter


About 3M

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