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Rubber gloves get benched

When it comes to sustainability, sometimes the smallest kitchen changes can make the biggest difference. When Chris Henning, senior assistant director of dining services for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, switched from standard latex gloves to nitrile gloves, he also set up a recycling program. Once recycled, the gloves are turned into playground equipment, bike racks and park benches.


Henning says the nitrile gloves have been a good fit for his department, both in terms of durability and cost. “Participating in the campus buying program reduces the cost, as [our] laboratories are using the same manufacturer,” Henning says. “We also eliminate the concern for latex allergies.” Henning and his team were able to recycle 1,080 pounds of gloves in the program’s first year.

Chris HenningSenior assistant director of dining servicesUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-Champaign, IL

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