SHOWA Group has become the first glove company to achieve the GreenCircle Biodegradation Certification.
The ASTM D5526 certification demonstrated that SHOWA Eco Best Technology (EBT) protective gloves achieved 82 per cent biodegradation in only 386 days, while gloves without EBT achieved only 1.9 per cent biodegradation over the same period of time.
GreenCircle Certified is an internationally recognised third-party certification entity whose thorough evaluation process provides independent verification that sustainability claims related to an organisation’s products and operations are honest, valid and verified.
SHOWA has invested heavily into research and development for products with a reduced impact on the environment, as an estimated 100 billion pairs of gloves are thrown away each year.
EBT was launched in 2012, introducing the first biodegradable disposable nitrile glove in the market that does not compromise on protection and performance.
SHOWA has complete control of the design and manufacturing process of its protective gloves, ensuring the quality in production and service is maintained.
GreenCircle is ISO 17065 compliant, following industry requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services.
GreenCircle’s Biodegradable Certification was developed after many unsubstantiated biodegradability claims in the marketplace.