Can you imagine your daily life without rubber gloves? They offer protection and are available in all colors of the rainbow. They not only have to be leak and tear proof, but also the color has to match. Therefore, color difference, tinting strength as well as opacity are controlled. Thus, it will not matter which glove the customer will wear, the pair will always match. Not an easy task!
The company Goodyear is said to have made the first rubber gloves in 1847. Their purpose was to protect men working on telegraph lines from electric shocks. Approximately 50 years later rubber gloves found their way into mass production. As Caroline Hampton, the Chief Nurse of Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore, USA, showed sensitivity to antiseptics, her boss William Halsted, the Chief of Surgery, asked Goodyear Rubber Company to produce thin rubber gloves. These gloves proved to be a very effective protection against the spread of germs and are still being used in healthcare since then.
Other applications like general industry, household and food service adapted the benefits of the protective gloves resulting in a production of more than 100 billion rubber gloves per year. That means that large factories need to manufacture up to 50,000 gloves per hour!