What are TPE gloves?
TPE gloves are used for daily hand protection, and nitrile and latex gloves are used for mission-critical frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic-related glove storage.
As the global demand for personal protective equipment continues to increase, we must all find ways to ensure that the necessary resources are provided to the basic staff who need PPE-mainly those in mission-critical medical positions.
It is important that we keep nitrile and latex disposable gloves for health care workers and first responders, and at the same time determine appropriate alternatives for the general population and those who do not have high requirements for personal protective equipment. Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) gloves are an excellent alternative because they have several characteristics that make them an ideal alternative for hand protection in everyday settings. In particular, TPE gloves combine high ease of use and extensive chemical resistance to become an affordable and recyclable product that is comfortable for the wearer.
So TPE or vinyl, which one is better? What are their characteristics? How are they different? Details are listed as follows.
What are vinyl gloves?
Vinyl gloves are also called PVC gloves. These gloves are made of synthetic raw materials, mainly PVC-polyvinyl chloride and phthalate DINP plasticizer, which makes the plastic soft and flexible. Vinyl gloves are soft but not very flexible and are suitable for low-risk tasks such as food handling and kitchen/household cleaning. Relatively speaking, the most notable feature of latex gloves, nitrile gloves, and vinyl gloves is their high-cost performance.
The properties of vinyl gloves are as follows:
Latex allergy free
Suitable for low-risk tasks
Not suitable for handling chemicals
Fit more loosely
Can be powdered to make it easier put on
What are TPE gloves?
TPE gloves are made of thermoplastic elastomer. This glove is a new type of PE material developed in 2009. It looks a lot like vinyl gloves, but thinner than vinyl gloves. TPE gloves are soft and strong, and more elastic than other PE gloves.
The performance of TPE gloves is as follows:
More suitable than polyethylene gloves
Save on vinyl gloves
Smooth and soft grip
Disposable and durable
Weight is about 1.8 grams
Suitable for food processing
Why choose TPE instead of vinyl?
1. TPE gloves are thinner than vinyl gloves, ensuring more comfortable wearing and better hand performance.
2. TPE gloves are cheaper than vinyl gloves, saving budget.
3. TPE gloves look like and touch like vinyl gloves, but are stronger and more durable than vinyl.
4. Both TPE and vinyl are suitable for food processing, but TPE is easier to put on and replace.
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