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It’s time to consider taking the gloves off…

POSTED ON 01 June 2022

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We all HATE single use plastics! But let’s face it, working in the industries we do, single use plastics are more or less unavoidable, especially during the absolute pandemonium of the pandemic. With infection control even more paramount than ever, Covid-19 saw an avalanche of demand for throwaway PPE, including, you guessed it, plastic gloves!

 

So, what’s the problem?

It has been reported that 12.7 billion plastic gloves were sent for use in the healthcare industry in England alone between 25 Feb 2020 to 31 March 2022. We’re sad to say, that’s quite a lot, this compares to 1.7 billion in 2019. Over the last decade, single use gloves have become a staple part of protection for many healthcare workers and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, staff instinctively (or shall we say institutionally) turn to examination gloves as a first line of protection. And we’re not pointing a rubbery, blue finger at anyone… it really is just part of how we keep safe at the moment, and how do we really avoid it?

 

Well, although gloves are required in many cases, such as when in contact with blood, body fluids, broken skin and harmful drugs or chemicals, they are not needed for every procedure. So, in honour of this year’s glove awareness week - yes, such a week does exist - healthcare workers have been strongly encouraged to rethink if gloves are absolutely necessary before every procedure. According to the World Bank, hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health action to reduce disease, further begging the question - do we really need to use plastic gloves as often as we do?  



Sure, we gotta look after our patients, but what about you guys?

Wearing gloves all the time can also cause us a variety of skin irritations, and can (weirdly) prevent hand hygiene, putting patients at risk of infection. Disposable gloves can give a false sense of safety and should not be used as a substitute for good old fashioned hand washing. Limiting the amount of gloves that are used will not only help with health workers comfort, but it will ensure better use of resources, better experiences and better outcomes for everyone involved. We just want everyone to be happy!

 

It’s safe to say we have learnt many lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic, but it's been a rather powerful reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. 

 

Follow us on our pursuit for greener healthcare!

Totally getting rid of single use plastics across all industries is challenging, but even more so in healthcare. So, we wanted to do a little something to help reduce our impact on the environment. In case you hadn’t already heard, the team here at Zesti has carried out some pretty mind-blowing research and have come up with a brand new material, Alsi-Flex™. We use recycled polyester that is born from pre and post consumer waste, and with a bit of magic, our very comfy and planet-friendly scrubs are born. Whilst we’re already talking about how incredible our scrubs are, we are pretty proud to say that we emit 2 ⁄ 3’s less CO2 in the production of Alsi-Flex™ than any other comparable fabrics - told you, we are good!

 

Don’t get us wrong, we know that this is a huge problem, one that unfortunately isn’t going to go away overnight. But we believe that if everyone makes a few small changes to their everyday lives, we can together make a big difference.

 

We are pretty confident, okay no… very confident, that we are armed with the best possible innovative wizards and witches who are continuing to work their magic and pioneer new ways to make sure that we are doing our best to minimise the impact that we make on the environment. We’ll continue to push the boundaries so that one day, healthcare won’t have to cost our planet.

 

It’s time for action…let’s rethink the need for single use gloves.

 

If you are wanting to make positive choices to help our planet you could switch up your workwear to a more sustainable option! Check out our Spirit collection, all made out of our new eco-stretch fabric, Alsi-Flex™.

 


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