PIP’s Commitment to Sustainability

As a global provider of hand protection and PPE, we are committed to continually identifying opportunities to minimize our environmental footprint to support a more sustainable, safer future. We are focused on leading the way along with our industrial distributors and retailer partners by offering products and solutions that minimize our impact while maximizing protection against occupational hazards, which extend to multiple aspects of our business including:

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    Manufacturing Processes
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    Sustainability-Driven Programs
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    Recycled Products
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    Future Initiatives

Manufacturing Processes

  • PIP® has a heightened focus on developing products in a sustainable way while remaining compliant with globally recognized industry standards. The following are a few examples of how PIP® excels at reusing and recycling byproducts of the manufacturing process.

  • Sprue leftover plastic resulting from the molding process of our EZ-Twist™ ear plugs is reused in a 20% mix ratio when molding new plastic stems.

  • PIP® collaborates with companies who transform excess Aramid yarns that are used when making Kut Gard® and Claw Cover®gloves and sleeves into materials that can be repurposed for additional use. Aramid fibers are an excellent alternative to asbestos as the reinforcement component in automobile brake pads.

  • We work with metal processors to recycle the highly coveted high-grade stainless steel scrap that emanates from the manufacturing of metal mesh gloves.

Sustainability-Driven Programs

  • Recycling

    Each PIP® facility ranging from manufacturing plants to warehouses and offices is engaged in a variety of initiatives to reinforce our commitment to operating in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly manner.

  • Packaging

    All facilities have active recycling programs for high-volume packaging materials such as cardboard, paper and plastic wrap. Ongoing efforts are also underway to replace plastic film bags with biodegradable films that are more easily broken down to address the challenges related to the increased need for hygienic individual packaging in today’s post pandemic reality.

  • Repurposing

    Our North American manufacturing facilities recycle unused materials and repurpose them for use in other PPE components. With HDPE plastic, we regrind the excess to produce ear muff caps, bump cap inserts and headgear brackets. We also occasionally use regrinded plastic from the production of our hard hats to produce onsite wayfinding needs such as signs and floor stands used to support employee safety. PIP’s manufacturing teams are on a continual mission to identify new ways to repurpose safe, viable byproduct that results from standard operating procedures in an effort to minimize waste.

  • Reallocating

    Across PIP’s facilities, miscellaneous scrap metal, refundable bottles and cans are collected so the proceeds can be applied toward employee team building activities including community fundraising runs, summer outings and participation at philanthropic events.

Recycled into New Products

  • PIP® is proud to work with longstanding partners – which include raw material suppliers and factories – that help us develop products that maximize recyclability and reduce our carbon footprint. We work with advanced factories that make use of closed-loop systems and on-site water treatment to help ensure eco-compliance and good manufacturing practices.

  • More and more gloves and hi-vis garments are using recycled polyester fibers. By working with progressive fiber manufacturers, such as DSM Dyneema®, we’ve introduced cut resistant gloves using yarns from the world’s first bio-based HMPE fiber technology.

  • PIP® also pioneered the use of recycled P.E.T. water bottles – shredded and extruded to make fibers and yarns for our G-tek® ECOSeries™ gloves – then stepped up the use of these recycled yarns with some of the newest gloves containing up to 70% of recycled content.
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  • PIP’s recent acquisition of Uniform Technology, which specializes in launderable protective garments used in cleanroom manufacturing plants, laboratories and paint rooms, markets their products as high-performing sustainable solutions with an up to 10-to-1 use ratio when compared to single-use or disposable spun-bonded polyester.

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PIP® will continue to strive to utilize resources and make investments in ways that further our commitment to sustainability. While our work will never be done with this ongoing initiative, a selection of future plans that are in place relate to:
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    Implementing a new program related to converting all overhead lights used throughout our facilities to LEDs with a target completion within the next year. This includes exterior parking lot lights as well as outside building lights. Another element of this program is incorporating programable timers to automatically turn the lights off or on at dusk or dawn to reduce energy consumption.

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    Our new state-of-the-art warehouse in Olive Branch, MS is a LEEDS building that’s built to operate with the latest in sustainable materials and energy processes.

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    Focusing efforts on converting some of the world’s largest food processing plants to our proprietary extended-use disposable gloves, which to date has been shown to eliminate up to 30% of waste when compared to single-use disposable gloves.

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    Developing products that are a more sustainable, environmentally friendly solution to traditional approaches – such as reusable work gloves with enhanced barrier protection to replace the use of disposable gloves in industrial settings – that help reduce unrecyclable waste.