For example, if we touch a shopping trolley and then hold our mobile phone in our hand, we transfer the viruses to it. At the latest when we get home, we take off our gloves and type a message into the phone - it's clear that the viruses end up on our hands from there. So whether our hands are contaminated with or without gloves makes no difference in the end.
In fact, rubber gloves can actually increase the risk of infection. Because they block the air supply, we sweat much faster in rubber gloves, creating a warm and humid climate that provides a perfect breeding ground for germs and pathogens, encouraging their growth.
Would you have thought that taking off disposable gloves can be a challenge? A study from the USA shows that it is not always easy, even for medical staff, to remove the gloves hygienically. It is therefore very likely that untrained users do not manage to remove the gloves germ-free.
ElephantSkin gloves are a completely different story: The so-called "HeiQ Viroblock" technology is added to their textile fabric made of certified organic cotton. This contains silver ions that have been proven to protect against viruses and bacteria by penetrating them and preventing their cell division.
As studies by the Hohenstein Textile Institute show, the viruses and bacteria on the gloves are already reduced by 99.9 % after 30 minutes.
Apart from the potential health hazard, disposable gloves unnecessarily pollute the environment because they are a disposable product. They cannot be recycled and therefore end up in the residual waste after just one use, where they end up in the incinerator.
Rubber trees, from which the natural rubber for latex gloves is obtained, often grow in large monoculture plantations in Asia. Cultivation requires a lot of land, for which rainforests are sometimes cleared. The use of highly toxic weed killers and pesticides threatens local biodiversity.
Because ElephantSkin gloves are made of certified organic cotton, they can be washed up to 30 times at 60 degrees and worn up to seven times between each wash without losing effectiveness or quality. One pair of ElephantSkin gloves thus saves around 180 pairs of disposable gloves. This corresponds to a plastic reduction of about 1.3 kilograms.
The processed technology is also OEKOTEX certified and consists of sustainable, recycled ingredients.
This means that operating the mobile phone in the supermarket is not only harmless to health, but also works without any restrictions thanks to touchscreen compatibility and perhaps brings back a little feeling of normality.
We should better leave the wearing of disposable gloves to the medical staff. For everything else, ElephantSkin gloves are just the thing!