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Saving the World One Glove at a Time

Startup EcoGlove offers reusable medical gloves and a sterilization system to facilities looking to save money and curb waste

You may not have given much thought to the market for disposable medical gloves, which admittedly lacks glamour, so it might surprise you that this business is worth $2.6 billion annually, up 20% since 2001. Within five years it's expected to hit $3 billion, according to Global Industry Analysts, a San Jose (Calif.) market research firm.

More astonishing is the sheer number of gloves used and thrown away each year: 100 billion. If all those gloves were laid end to end, they would reach 30 times to the moon and back. Imagine how much space they take up each year in landfills.