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Sustainable Products for a Greener Future

Victoria WebbContent Marketing SpecialistApril 22, 2024

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Consider switching to sustainable products that are not only eco-friendly but also contribute to a greener future. As more manufacturers invest in sustainable technology, the industrial safety space starts to make headway in introducing eco-friendly products and services. By choosing sustainable options, you can help reduce waste, conserve resources, and promote sustainability. 

Here are some of the best sustainable safety solutions Levitt-Safety offers:

Plant-Based Earplugs:

Plant-based earplugs are an excellent eco-friendly alternative to traditional earplugs. They are made from bio-based materials sourced and manufactured in North America, offering the same noise reduction and comfort as conventional earplugs. What sets them apart is their positive environmental impact. Unlike legacy earplugs that start to break down in landfills after about 100 years, these plant-based earplugs begin decomposing after just one year. Additionally, the packaging for each plug is 100% biodegradable, as it is made from corn. Consider taking a step towards environmental responsibility by transitioning from traditional to plant-based earplugs in your workplace.

Mega Bullet™ BioSoft™ Uncorded

  • Soft, smooth, low pressure for excellent comfort.
  • Independently tested NRR 32 / SNR 38.
  • When stored in its original packaging, BioSoft™ maintains the same shelf life as standard PU foam earplugs.
  • Used at the Honda Indy for two consecutive years!

Biodegradable Hand & Surface Wipes:

In the world of cleaning products, sustainability and eco-friendliness are becoming increasingly important. That's where All Clean Natural comes in. This Canadian company is dedicated to providing reliable, consistent, and effective sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning products.

All Clean Natural is committed to making a positive impact on the environment through sustainable practices. Here are some ways they're contributing to a greener future:

  • Recycled cardboard boxes: All Clean Natural uses recycled cardboard for all their product boxes.
  • Recyclable bottles: Their bottles are made from 40% recycled plastic and are fully recyclable.
  • Local sourcing: The company sources as many materials as possible within Canada to help reduce their carbon footprint.

The Game Changer

One of All Clean Natural standout products is their 100% biodegradable wipes. These wipes break down in landfills in just 60 days, start making the switch to a greener clean today!

Try Ready Safe™ Decontamination Wipes:

Make the Ready Safe™ Decontamination Wipes your go-to solution for ensuring the health and well-being of your employees. These heavy-duty wipes are designed to remove the risk of carcinogens, bacteria, and harmful pollutants, providing a 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly way to maintain a safe and hygienic workplace.

Biodegradable Hand Protection:

When it comes to keeping your hands safe, while also protecting the environment, biodegradable hand protection is the way to go. By choosing Canadian-made products, you're not only supporting local industries but also reducing your carbon footprint. 

Manufacturers like Superior Glove and Watson Glove offer high-quality, eco-friendly gloves that are perfect for a variety of applications. By choosing biodegradable gloves, you're not just investing in premium hand protection but also upholding your dedication to environmental responsibility. View the following eco-friendly gloves below:

Superior Glove Dexterity® S15NT:

The Superior Glove Dexterity® S15NT is a 100% biodegradable glove, made in Canada from a 100% cotton seamless knit shell. This glove offers exceptional dexterity and comfort, making it a popular choice for automotive, construction, material handling, and general labour jobs. The nitrile-dipped palm coating provides ANSI Level 4 abrasion resistance and ANSI Level 2 puncture resistance, and over time, it forms to fit the user's hand. This additive in the nitrile coating makes these gloves 100% biodegradable.

Flextime Glove:

The Flextime Gloves offer the perfect combination of durability, water resistance, and sustainability. These gloves feature a Dryhide™ water-resistant goatskin palm and hooded fingertips, ensuring a secure grip and protection in various conditions. The back and top of the thumb are made from Wastenot™ rpet polyester, which is composed of 96% recycled polyester. This innovative material is equivalent to one 500ml Rpet water bottle per pair, making the Flextime Gloves an eco-friendly choice. The gloves also include a black 1 1/4” wide elastic cuff with a black TPR Velcro® closure pull, providing a comfortable and secure fit. The Flextime Gloves are designed to meet your needs while contributing to a greener planet.

Change the Way You Manage Waste: Innovative Solutions for Recycling the Unrecyclable

In Canada, less than 10 percent of plastic waste is recycled, largely due to the limitations of traditional recycling facilities. However, innovative companies like TerraCycle and LifeCycle Revive are revolutionizing the recycling industry by finding ways to recycle items that are typically not accepted through local curbside recycling services, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), plastics, and office waste.

TerraCycle's Zero Waste Box™: 

TerraCycle is on a mission to eliminate waste by offering a wide range of recycling solutions, including the Zero Waste Box. This innovative product makes it possible to recycle various types of workplace waste, such as:

•    Disposable masks

•    Disposable gloves

•    Hairnets, beard nets, and earplugs

•    Disposable garments and coveralls

•    Safety glasses

The recycling process with TerraCycle is simple and convenient, with seamless delivery and subscription packages available. By using TerraCycle's Zero Waste Box, you can contribute to sustainability while they handle the heavy lifting.

Here are some examples of what TerraCycle can create from would-be waste:

•    Polypropylene face masks are transformed into plastic lumber and composite decking applications.

•    Metals are recycled into metal sheeting.

•    Elastane/rubber bands are mixed with recycled plastics to create flexible products.

•    Disposable gloves are turned into flooring tiles, playground surface covers, and athletic fields.

A Sustainable Solution for Healthcare Facilities: LifeCycle Revive

LifeCycle Revive specializes in recycling PPE and other medical waste, transforming it into useful products. By partnering with LifeCycle Revive, healthcare facilities can significantly reduce their environmental impact.

Here's what you can recycle with LifeCycle Revive:

  • Face masks
  • Head coverings
  • Shoe coverings
  • Clean medical gowns
  • Clean sterile wrap
  • Plastic bottles
  • All polypropylene and polyethylene non-woven fabrics

LifeCycle Revive collects the waste and processes it at their facility in Brantford, Ontario, turning it into pellets that can be used to create a variety of products, such as:

  • Recycling bins
  • Garbage cans
  • Storage bins
  • Bedpans
  • Patient kits
  • Trays

With a capacity to divert over 1,000,000 pounds of material from landfills each month, LifeCycle Revive is making a significant impact on sustainability in the healthcare industry.

By adopting innovative recycling solutions like TerraCycle's Zero Waste Box and LifeCycle Revive, you can make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future. These companies are changing the way we manage waste, making it possible to recycle items that were once considered unrecyclable. Embrace these solutions and help create a cleaner, greener world for generations to come.

The Next-Generation Fire Suppression Foam: A Shift Towards Fluorine-Free Foam

In the fire safety industry, foam has long been recognized as the gold standard for combating and suppressing high-risk, flammable liquid fires. However, the traditional fire suppression foam has come under concern due to growing environmental, health, and safety concerns. This has paved the way for the introduction of a Fluorine-Free Foam, which is particularly crucial in environmentally sensitive areas where the foam cannot be contained to prevent ground or water contamination.

 National Foam, a leading manufacturer of foam concentrates and delivery systems, firefighting hose, and engineered solutions, has launched a GreenScreen Certified™ Fluorine-Free Foam product line. This solution is specifically designed for municipal firefighters. The GreenScreen Certification serves as an assurance that no regrettable chemical substitutes have been used in the formulation of the product, making it environmentally safe.

To Learn More About GreenScreen Certified™ Fluorine-Free Foam:
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ANSUL® Non-Fluorinated:

ANSUL®, a trusted name in fire protection solutions, offers the Ansul NFF 3X3 UL201 Foam. This non-fluorinated foam concentrate has undergone UL 162 Fire Test and has demonstrated control and extinguishment on both hydrocarbon and polar solvent flammable liquids, making it a versatile option for Class B fire protection. The alcohol-resistant synthetic fluorine-free foam (AR-SFFF) concentrate is free of perfluorinated chemicals, making it an environmentally responsible choice for various sectors such as oil & gas, chemical, petrochemical, transportation, industrial, and municipal response.

To Learn More About The Ansul NFF 3X3 UL201: Contact Us

Trivorex Neutralizing Absorbent:

Trivorex is a universal neutralizing absorbent that is designed to handle all types of liquid chemical spills, including acids, bases, oxidizing and reducing agents, solvents, and hydrocarbons (oils). It simplifies the spill response protocol by providing a single-product solution, making the cleanup process safer and more efficient.

Unique Features Of Trivorex:

•    Compatible with all corrosive and non-corrosive chemicals.

•    Built-in pH indicator identifies acidic vs basic chemicals.

•    Rapidly suppresses chemical vapors.

•    Declassifies corrosive chemicals into non-hazards.

•    Leaves the surface dry and safe, eliminating the need for additional pads.

•    Reduces environmental disposal costs.

•    Silicate free.

•    On average - 1kg of Trivorex® will absorb and neutralize a .6 L spill.

Trivorex simplifies the spill response process and enhances safety, making it an ideal choice for various industries.

Our Commitment to a Greener Future:

At Levitt-Safety, we are deeply committed to fostering a sustainable future. Our dedication goes beyond merely adhering to legal standards; we strive to be an environmentally conscious and responsible member of every community we serve. We believe in proactively implementing eco-friendly practices and technologies, not just as a compliance measure, but as a fundamental part of our corporate ethos. 

Our Initiatives Include:

•    Strategically consolidating shipments to reduce energy consumption.

•    Partnering with companies that offer solutions to minimize packaging material.

•    Working with manufacturers that prioritize environmentally sustainable innovations and initiatives.

•    Utilizing preventative maintenance to maximize equipment lifecycle and limit atmospheric and other pollutants.

•    Fostering a culture within our business that encourages individual initiatives to improve our environmental performance nationwide.

We are constantly seeking new ways to reduce our carbon footprint, conserve resources, and promote environmental stewardship. Together, we can make a difference in preserving our environment for future generations.