New film grades have expanded the Monprene line of compounds, processable in conventional blown- or cast-film extrusion systems. These thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds produce film that has good colorability and processability, and a soft, dry touch like latex. Teknor Apex (Thermoplastic Elastomer Div.; Pawtucket, RI; 401/725-8000) produced the compounds to solve the problem of allergenic reactions caused by latex products. The compounds are presently used for bands and straps in physical therapy and are also suitable for hygiene products. Higher production rates than latex are possible, and the ease of coloring aids in product differentiation or color coding.