Glove manufacturing

Powdered / powder-free gloves: The powder

■ Following on from the use of Lycopodium and/or talc (magnesium silicate), respectively considered too toxic and resulting too often in granulomas, gloves were lubricated with modified corn starch beginning early in the 1970s.
■ Two types of powder are used:
  • modified corn starch, used at the end of the manufacturing process to lubricate the gloves and make them easier to don
  • calcium carbonate, whose characteristics are very different from maize starch. (N.B.: used as a lubricant for mould release of powdered and powder-free gloves.)
■ Corn starch is biodegradable but not completely free of disadvantages.
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