A ‘Great.com Talks With…’ Podcast with Eagle Protect CEO, Steve Ardagh

Emil Ekvardt from Great.com interviewed Eagle Protect as part of their ‘Great.com Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic began, the USA used a staggering 120 billion disposable gloves a year. As the world grows increasingly familiar with masks, sanitizer and PPE, the number of gloves we use is also rocketing. Steve Ardagh discussed the vital role high quality and rigorously tested gloves play in preventing illness and reducing waste.

Steve Ardagh Eagle Protect CEO talks with Great.com
Steve Ardagh Eagle Protect CEO talks with Great.com

Why COVID-19 caused glove prices to increase dramatically

The Coronavirus has put extreme pressure on the production and supply of PPE. Disposable glove use continues to rise in the medical and food industries, as infection control measures are more important than ever; while in the industrial, retail and logistics industries gloves are being worn to help protect staff from contracting the virus itself.

Person making pizza wearing nitrile gloves
Person making pizza wearing nitrile gloves

Just as worldwide shortages of masks and disinfectant products have increased the prices of those products, single-use gloves, particularly nitrile, have become increasingly difficult and costly to come by during the pandemic. We discuss the reasons for the price increases below:


Understand the difference between glove materials & usage

Disposable gloves are a great way to add a barrier of protection between your hands and what you are handling. This blog (or video below if you prefer) will explain the different glove materials and the differences between them.

Disposable Glove Material Comparison Breakdown

Latex Gloves

Most people are familiar with latex gloves since they have been around the longest. Latex gloves are:

  • The most form fitting and tactile glove
  • Puncture resistant

Heavy duty latex gloves are commonly used for industrial use. They are no longer used to handle food and are being replaced in the medical industry with nitrile…

Glove type and quality can help reduce bacteria and virus transmission

The use of PPE together with excellent hand hygiene has been identified by the CDC as essential in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Gloves and masks are now being worn by most workers in the food industries. But wearing disposable gloves alone does not necessarily prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses on hands and surfaces. Hand hygiene is necessary, and consideration of the type and quality of glove can help reduce glove associated cross-contamination risks.

chefs hands wearing vinyl disposable gloves rolling sushi
chefs hands wearing vinyl disposable gloves rolling sushi


Gloves that rip easily, or have pinhole failures are an ineffective barrier against virus transmission. …


The global demand for disposable gloves due to COVID-19 is putting pressure on glove manufacturers to produce at absolute capacity. Not only is this causing some manufacturers to cut costs and quality standards and sell reject quality gloves, it is also contributing to new allegations of labor abuse and exploitation of workers at glove factories.

The world’s largest manufacturer of single-use gloves, Top Glove, is closing half of its 41 Malaysian factories, following positive coronavirus tests in almost 2,500 employees. …

Demand for gloves has created widespread concerns of quality & labor exploitation

The upsurge in demand for single-use gloves due to Covid-19 has created widespread concerns of quality and labor exploitation at factories.

As Coronavirus cases continue to rise globally, and the northern hemisphere stockpiles gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) prior to winter, glove supply continues to be a global issue. Established glove factories are working at absolute capacity to meet demand, and reporting record profits. Additionally, dealers with no experience in the glove industry are sourcing from new factories with unknown quality control procedures in place.

Eagle Protect CEO inspecting nitrile glove manufacturing line
Eagle Protect CEO inspecting nitrile glove manufacturing line
Eagle Protect CEO, Steve Ardagh, inspecting nitrile glove manufacturing line

The problems to glove procurement are two-fold:

  1. Quality Concerns: Gloves are not meeting…

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