Kimberly-Clark takes a 'hand in glove' approach to recycling
Kimberly-Clark Professional is embarking on worldwide programme to recycle single-use cleanroom and laboratory gloves.
The RightCycle scheme, which follows a successful launch in the US earlier this year, will be rolled out across Europe, the Middle East and Africa making it easier to dispose of previously hard to recycle garments such as coveralls, gloves, hoods, boot covers and hairnets.
Kimberly-Clark has teamed up with TerraCycle to recover the material and claims is the first large-scale recycling solution for this type of waste, offering companies an opportunity to reduce landfill waste streams and enhance their sustainability efforts.
After the used garments are collected, they are turned into raw materials to create eco-friendly consumer products such as plastic chairs.
Commenting on the scheme, Kimberly-Clark customer marketing manager Ruud
Sleumer said: "Our cleanroom and laboratory customers have ambitious sustainability goals, yet often struggle with where and how to get started.
"Our programme offers a powerful and easy way for them to exceed their solid waste reduction goals, while helping to make their workplaces healthier, safer and more productive."
He further pointed out that the disposal of solid waste by pharmaceutical and other scientific organisations often poses considerable challenges, as landfill options become more Ltd and waste disposal costs continue to rise.