Innovation

New washable polyester glove liner system

Innovative product design combined with listening to the needs of our customers led to the launch of Needlers revolutionary low-cost washable polyester glove liner 

Lightweight liners are worn under vinyl or latex gloves for warmth and to prevent skin irritation. Traditional cotton liners are thrown away after each use because their thin cotton-stocking weave won't withstand repeated washing.system

However, Needlers new polyester glove liners provide a higher quality, lower cost, washable alternative set to become the new industry standard.

These Gloves...

  • Don't use valuable cotten crops
  • Can be washed and re-used up to 15 times
  • Are proven to save money
  • Reduce damage to the environment

After each use, liners are placed in the bar-coded wash bag provided. This is then sealed and can be laundered in the same wash and cycle as other work wear. The gloves are dried, still in the wash bag and delivered, sealed, back to site for re-use.

Trialled and Tested

Bakkavor Group's fresh prepared meals and meal accompaniments supplier, Cucina Cano made a 50% direct cost saving on it's annual liner glove expenditure by switching to the Needlers washable liner system. Cucina Sano was looking for a solution to the contamination associated with traditional cotton liners particularly as the cost of cotton rose sharply in 2010/11.

The ideal liner solution needed to...

  • Be hygienic
  • Be made from a high quality material which would keep hands warm and prevent irritation during food processing.
  • Offer good dexterity
  • Provide increased hygiene
  • Withstand numerous washes
  • Give great value for money

Working together with suppliers in the Far East and Cucina Sano, Needlers developed and tested a system of washable polyester liners which was then trialled successfully with work-wear laundry experts. Johnson Apparelmaster, Cannon and Sunlight.

Everyone has been delighted with the results. The new system has resulted in real cost savings for Cucina Sano. It's average liner glove case requirements fell from 20 to just 3 cases per month - a direct saving of £500 per month or more.

The numbers add up...

Although the Needlers liners are 40% more expensive if compared to a single use system, cost benefits are significant in terms of technical efficiency and real savings are quickly made after the first wash as demonstrated below:

Number of times Gloves washed Number of times Gloves worn Case Contents Annual Volumes - based on number of washes Price per case of 600 pairs Annual Purchases from Needlers Estimate cost per wash Accumulating Cost of washing (based on estimated cost per wash of 2p) Total Cost Annual £ difference based on number of washes Annual % difference based on number of washes
0 1 1 x 600 1535 £100.80 £154,677.60 £0.02 £ - £154,677.60 -£76,322.80 97%
1 2 1 x 600 767 £100.80 £177,338.80   £9,207.00 £86,545.80 -£8,192.00 10%
2 3 1 x 600 512 £100.80 £51,559.20   £12,267.00 £63,835.20 £14,518.60 -19%;
3 4 1 x 600 384 £100.80 £38,669.40   £13,180.50 £52,479.90 £25,873.90 -33%
4 5 1 x 600 307 £100.80 £30,935.52   £14.731.20 £45,666.72 £32,687.08 -42%
5 6 1 x 600 256 £100.80 25,779.60   £15,345.00 £41,124.60 £37,229.20 -48%
6 7 1 x 600 219 £100.80 £22,096.80   £15,783.43 £37,880.23 £40,473.57 -52%
7 8 1 x 600 192 £100.80 £19,334.70   £16,112.25 £35,446.95 £42.906.85 -55%
8 9 1 x 600 171 £100.80 £17,186.40   £16,368.00 £33,554.40 £44,799.40 -57%
9 10 1 x 600 153 £100.80 £15,467.76   £16,572.60 £32,040.36 £46,313.44 -59%