MSA Goes Green with the New V-Gard Hard Hat

v-gard green helmet by mallory safetyMSA has created V-Gard GREEN, the world’s first hard hat made from renewable resources.

First, let’s answer the big question. YES, the V-Gard GREEN is SEI certified as Type I, Class E (ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009) and meets CSA Z94.1-2005. This means it offers the same level of head protection as the standard V-Gard.

So, what’s the big difference? V-Gard GREEN Hard Hats are made from green high-density polyethylene (GHDPE), which is a biopolymer made from ethanol-based sugarcane. Because it’s made from sugarcane, GHDPE is considered a renewable resource. By comparison, standard HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is derived from non-renewable fossil fuels.

Also, because it is made from a plant-based material, V-Gard GREEN cuts carbon emissions because sugarcane captures CO2. Check out this data from MSA. The production of 200,000 tons of GHDPE represents an annual reduction of approximately 920,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Conversely, one ton of standard polyethylene sourced from petrochemicals emits more than two pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Another plus, is the fact that V-Gard GREEN hard hats can be recycled (just like the regular V-Gard).

MSA has always been known for making high-quality safety gear. The fact that MSA is also concerned about making products that are good for the environment is an added bonus. That kind of environmental consciousness is worth applauding, and we at Mallory will be the first to say “kudos” to MSA’s forward thinking.