Offering the best economy, polyethylene gloves serve as an inexpensive solution for creating a barrier between bare hands and handled material (most typically, food). Combined with good hand washing practices, poly gloves can assist in maintaining a hygienic environment free from biological contaminants, including food-borne illnesses.

Most poly gloves are smooth in texture. For users seeking added comfort and dexterity, the unique texture of cast poly gloves offers an improved fit and is less likely to slip when wet.


Poly gloves are only available in food service grade and industrial grade.

Quality Standards

No formal industry quality standard exist for polyethylene gloves. Like with other glove types, however, poly glove components must comply with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) when in direct contact with food.


Poly gloves are intended for use on short-term tasks, most commonly in food preparation. Longer length poly gloves are also commonly used for agricultural and veterinary purposes.


Poly gloves are transparent in color, although gloves not made entirely of virgin material often have a brownish tint.


Poly gloves are typically made from high or low density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE), but new products, such as AMBITEX® EconoFit® Gloves, feature a co-polymer blend.

Country of Origin

The vast majority of polyethylene gloves are manufactured in China.