Disposable Gloves Star in Summer Blockbusters

The summer always brings a slew of fun flicks and a good chance to escape into the air conditioning for a while. We enjoy a good movie here at AMMEX, but the silver screen is also an opportunity to share just how pervasive, not to mention exciting, disposable gloves are. Film narratives demonstrate how frequently people need to use disposable gloves. Across all industries (and genres), characters on screen need disposable gloves to carry out various tasks throughout the movie. Of course, since we happen to be in the glove business, we always wonder: If this movie were real, what gloves would the characters wear? Sit back, grab some popcorn and read on to learn what gloves characters would don in this summer's top blockbusters.

Dinosaur movie
When dinosaurs are sick, what gloves do you wear?

Jurassic World

In "Jurassic World," park employees are kept busy tending to the dinosaurs, which have as many needs as the average group of livestock, just with sharper teeth. The brontosauruses, T-Rexes and raptors need consistent care to maintain their health. As with any situation where workers deal with potentially sick animals, it is important to contain any possible pathogens so they do not spread to the rest of the herd. Widespread illness would disappoint the legions of visitors who came to the park to see live dinosaurs, although it may have prevented the mass escape of the dangerous beasts.

When working with animals that might carry harmful bacteria, employees need to use a protective barrier on their hands. This prevents workers from contracting a disease or spreading it between animals. You never know what kind of strange bacteria a dinosaur could transmit. Reptiles and amphibians are known to carry salmonella – a bacteria that is easily transmitted to humans – on their skin.

In this case, Jurassic World staff would probably wear vinyl gloves, disposing of them as they move between animals. As a relatively inexpensive material, vinyl is a smart choice for workers who have to change their gloves frequently. Considering how many dinosaurs these staff would treat in a day, the cost of gloves could add up quickly. With Jurassic World's operating costs likely being high enough already, there is no reason to add a huge disposable glove cost to the bottom line.

Minions

Plenty of employees across the world need gloves to work with harsh chemicals, but we hope none of them are operating under a criminal mastermind, like the workers in "Minions," the latest installment of the "Despicable Me" franchise released in mid-July. In "Minions," America's favorite tiny yellow henchmen finally get the origin story we have all been waiting for. The movie documents their relationship with their first super villain master, Scarlett Overkill. Anyone who has watched the Despicable Me movies knows the minions wear gloves, but what kind are they?

As minions, the little yellow guys have to work hard to support the endeavors of their super villain master, which involves building weapons, vehicles and more. It is hard to know whether the minions are as susceptible to chemicals as humans would be, but they do wear gloves.

If the minions work on vehicles, they probably wear nitrile gloves. Oil, gasoline and hydraulic fluids irritate skin and possibly even have a negative impact on health. Nitrile gloves are strong enough to protect the skin from these fluids, where gasoline causes latex to dissolve. Nitrile gloves also conform to the workers hands during use. The minions wear their gloves constantly, so they will be looking for superior comfort.

The nitrile gloves would also be a good choice for the minions' other duties, like working in manufacturing facilities where they would need greater dexterity and protection from possible chemicals.

Boxing ring
Physicians don gloves to treat boxing injuries.

Southpaw

In "Southpaw," a boxer tries to get his life back on track after disaster strikes his family. The most prominent gloves in this upcoming film are a pair of boxing gloves, but look closer and you may see disposable gloves in a supporting role. Boxing is a brutal sport, and the medics on the sidelines, known as ringside physicians, are some of its unsung heroes. To treat the boxers in between rounds, medical professionals need disposable gloves.

While Jake Gyllenhaal's character is getting slammed in the ring on his road to redemption, the medics will don disposable gloves to clean any wounds he may have been obtained. The gloves form a protective barrier against bodily fluid contact. For this particular application, most medics would go with a latex exam glove for its comfortable fit and superior barrier protection. However, a physician with a latex allergy or sensitivity may opt for nitrile instead.

Disposable gloves are a necessity in many industries, helping to keep employees safe from chemicals and contaminants. Without gloves, these movies could have been disasters. From the boxing ring to the dinosaur pen and everywhere in between, look out for disposable gloves this summer – coming to a theater near you.