Where many people gather, germs also gather
Places like train stations and airports are an ideal place for bacteria, viruses and fungi to spread: ticket machines or self-service checkpoints with touch screens, buttons on lifts or dispensers, door knobs at restrooms, and endless handrails on escalators that almost every traveler touches.
Researchers conducted a study at Helsinki Airport, where plastic trays (for personal items) are used at security checkpoints. The result: cold viruses were detectable on every second tray.
A wide variety of bacteria and viruses have also been detected on fold-out tables, lavatory flush buttons, seat belt buckles and airplane pockets.
Of course, touchscreens of ticket and cash machines also represent a perfect environment for germs: They cannot be operated with normal gloves or plastic gloves. This means that every traveler touches the screen with their bare hands.
In an investigation in Germany and the French-speaking part of Switzerland, more than 100 bacterial colonies were found in a random sample of 20 ticket and cash machines. Depending on the surface, these bacteria can survive for hours to several days. Find out more about cross-contamination here.
Where to use ElephantSkin gloves during travel?
Check-In & Boarding
As soon as they enter the airport, travelers come into contact with airline employees. Luggage is exchanged and documents are passed back and forth - the perfect opportunity to exchange bacteria and viruses.
On closer inspection, it becomes apparent that airport employees like to use plastic gloves because of the ongoing customer contact. They want to protect themselves from infections, but unfortunately this is only guaranteed by plastic gloves if they are changed after each customer contact. Unfortunately this is far too often not the case...
ElephantSkin gloves are treated with antiviral and antibacterial technology that breaks down bacteria and viruses within minutes. Thus, they are effective against cross-contamination and can be used by travelers as well as employees.
Touch screens at ticket and cash machines
Some travelers also clearly prefer to print out their tickets via ticket machines without the help of employees. Even though this saves time in most cases as well as preventing direct contact with other people, there is indirect contact with the germs left behind by the previous passengers.
Here, ElephantSkin gloves offer a special feature: While neither normal gloves nor plastic gloves can be used to operate touchscreens of vending machines and screens, ElephantSkin gloves are touchscreen compatible. This limits direct contact with the surface and the spread of germs.
Airplanes and trains
Airplanes and trains are an interesting place for viruses and bacteria: Several hundred people sit together for hours in a small space. The probability of not having a person sitting next to you is very low (at least on airplanes).
Therefore, many airlines and train operators offer their passengers customized "hygiene packages" including plastic gloves.
Flight attendants as well as staff in the train restaurant use plastic gloves for service, which should be changed after each customer contact. If this is not observed, bacteria and viruses can be spread more easily.
Besides the hygienic aspect of plastic gloves, the visual component is also lacking: While flight attendants and train employees are provided with nice, high-quality uniforms to work in, they sometimes have to work for hours in cheap plastic gloves. They make a special effort to appear well-groomed, but plastic gloves automatically devalue their appearance somewhat.
Therefore, it is better to rely on ElephantSkin gloves: They do not have to be changed constantly and are convincing with an elegant look. The gloves are available in black, white or gray - with individual branding if you wish.
Public transportation is always a place with many people and thereby conducive to the spread of germs. Many different surfaces are touched, both consciously and unconsciously.
Example: A person sneezes into their hand and then touches a bus stop bar. In the course of the day, several public transport passengers will come into contact with the germs and pass them on.
To reduce the spread of bacteria or viruses and travel around the city with more comfort, we recommend ElephantSkin Classic. The material mix of organic cotton and elastane offers a perfect fit and the highest wearing comfort
ElephantSkin - the sustainable companion for people who like to travel a lot
To travel: ElephantSkin Classic Gloves!
ElephantSkin gloves are enhanced that form an ultra-thin barrier layer on the surface, preventing viruses and bacteria, inside and outside the glove. Free from harmful heavy metals. As a result, the gloves do not need to be changed after each touchpoint and still prevent the spread of pathogens.
Maximum wearing comfort
The material is made of organic cotton and provides great comfort. In addition, the hands can breathe underneath, which is why they can be worn for hours without discomfort.
Also for employees
Our gloves are also ideal for employees at airports, train stations and on airplanes. After all, they are through the constant exchange of items and in constant contact with customers.
This is the perfect opportunity for workers to equip their employees with ElephantSkin gloves to create a more sustainable work environment for them and their hands.
Are you a traveler or employer at an airport/train station?
Then you can find our ElephantSkin gloves in four different sizes here!