Reusing rubber gloves

Updated: November 2016

“I’ve realized is that regardless of the material and construction, sooner or later, they all end up reaching the point of no return thanks to pointy knife tips, chemical deterioration or simple wear and tear. What I didn’t realize is that synthetically processed (as opposed to naturally derived) latex is the norm among conventional brands and that even when it’s the latter, in some cases, the material is taken without regard toward maintaining the fragile balance of forested areas such as Brazil’s Amazon region.

It’s possible to green up my kitchen habit by specifically seeking out Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified natural latex options that ensure that rubber tappers are compensated with fair trade wages when they responsibly utilize forest resources. So many natives live in poverty and are forced by their circumstances to profit in any way they can from the diminishing resources they can extract from the Amazon, but there is a better way.

The bad news is that truly eco-friendly waterproof household gloves are very challenging to find. There are just a few manufacturers right now that offer reasonable options, such as:

  • If You Care Household Gloves: These cotton-lined, naturally biodegradable lime green gloves, dipped in FSC-certified latex, are packaged in a fully recyclable cardboard box printed with nontoxic ink and sealed with equally planet-friendly glue.
  • Green Tips Fair Trade Latex Household Gloves: Described as flock-lined, ethically sourced 100% latex gloves, this FSC-certified option is also bright green in color and packaged in a fully recyclable/equally compostable container.”

– By Elizah Leigh on 1800recycling.com

“Before throwing away your rubber gloves, take another look because that glove may be useful in new, unconventional ways. By recycling rubber gloves, you’ll get more bang for your buck and discover a useful item for your household. Since rubber gloves are non-slip and waterproof, they are perfect to cover slippery surfaces and to open jars, and they can even be useful in first-aid kits.”

– By Becca Janet on eHow

Below a few ideas to reuse the old/broken rubber/latex gloves, click on each image to go to the original source and tutorial:

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Head and hair bands with rubber gloves
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber chains necklaces by Xiaorui Zhang
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
brooch created from recycled gloves and sponge cloths {Italian}
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Finger puppets from rubber gloves
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
When rubber gloves get worn out cut them up into rubber bands. These larger sized rubber bands are very useful
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Craft Tutorial: Rubber Dish Glove Flower Vase
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Jewellery hand holder {Spanish}
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
DIY Concrete Hand Planters & Bowls
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Glowing Hands
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Reuse an old rubber glove to plant succulents

For Kids:

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Despicable Me ‘Minion’ Finger Puppets
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Glove Guppet
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber gloves monsters
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
DIY No Sew Hand and Finger Puppets: Five Little Ducks
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Painting with rubber gloves
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
SUPER EASY FINGER PUPPETS
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Shortening, rubber gloves, and ice will teach kids how Arctic animals survive in the cold.
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Exploring numeracy and one-to-one correspondence with a tactile glove. Fun for toddlers and preschoolers! {French}
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Latex Gloves and Witch Fingers for Halloween
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Glove Gun

Some useful tips:

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
For leak-resistant gloves at your fingertips, push one cotton ball into the end of each finger of a dishwashing glove to keep sharp nails from splitting the rubber.
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Glove as Pet Hair Remover
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Opening Jars With Ease

More inspiration:

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Gloves Jewellery by Margherita Marchioni from Italy
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Gloves Jewellery by Margherita Marchioni from Italy
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Gloves Jewellery by Margherita Marchioni from Italy
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Rubber Gloves Jewellery by Margherita Marchioni from Italy

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Jewellery by minjicho [broken link]
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Jewellery by minjicho [broken link]

Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Niki Stylianou necklace – made with rubber gloves
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Creative Photography & Creative Direction by Akatre
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
“CONTAMINAZIONE” campaign by photographer: Paco Matteo
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
1400 household gloves – A Mixture of Frailties by Susie Macmurray
Creative ways to Repurpose Rubber Gloves | ecogreenlove
Dress made from recycled rubber gloves by Lotta Barlach.

More ideas without pictures:
• Greener Latex Gloves and Recycling Inspiration! on 1800recycling.com
• 15 Unconventional Uses for Rubber Gloves on cleanones.com
• How can I reuse or recycle rubber gloves? on recyclethis.co.uk

Do you have more ideas?
Share them with us! 🙂

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