Voltgard, a division of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., is doing its part to keep both industrial workers and the environment safe by implementing “greener” business practices such as recycling 22 tons of out-of-service rubber insulating products (gloves, blankets, etc.) generated at the Voltgard Test Lab to prevent further landfill pollution and its environmental consequences.
Given the unique properties of rubber materials, the overall use of rubber for a large number of applications is constantly on the rise and becoming an ever-increasing focus of concern. The safety equipment industry is not exempt, as rubber materials are widely used in gloves and other personal protective equipment, most notably rubber insulating gloves, sleeves and blankets utilized by electrical utilities, contractors, telecom companies, municipalities, first responders and industrial facilities.
“Our recycling efforts do not stop with the Voltgard Test Lab, said Richard Rivkin, President and CEO, Saf-T-Gard International. “Some of our low-cost knitted work gloves are manufactured from purified, re-spun yarn that consists of recycled textiles from apparel production and recycled plastics from water and soft drink bottles. In our warehouse operation, we bale our scrap corrugated cardboard to send to a recycler, and we purchase corrugated shipping cartons with a high recycled content. Saf-T-Gard never forgets that the first P in PPE stands for personal. Protecting the environment is something that personally-affects everyone, and the Saf-T-Gard team will continue to take an active part in providing safety solutions that benefit industry workers and the environment.”