Eco-friendly alternatives to PVC cards

We have already mentioned here that we have seen an increasing trend towards metallic cards, at least in some segments. Whether they be pure metallic cards, with their very high cost, or hybrid cards, which mix PVC with metal, a differentiation which has been sought in terms of the base material for the card.

But, in fact, metal is not the only alternative to traditional PVC. In the search for ecological solutions, institutions have increasingly sought to find materials that will allow them to express their business environmental concerns. To this end, alternatives which have already been available to suppliers for some time, but which had not yet captured the interest of customers, have begun to appear on the market. As an example, we leave you a short extract from the Press Release issued about these choices. See Press Release from CaixaBank.

In this context, and in addition to the metallic options we discussed in a previous article, here are other alternatives to PVC that can be considered:

Recycled PVC

100% recycled plastic is an alternative to PVC, guaranteeing equivalent print quality and durability, but greatly reducing the environmental impact. RPVC minimizes the production of new PVC, which contributes to the reduction of the problem of plastic landfills.

This material is compatible with the usual customization options.

PLA – Polylactide resin

PLA (Poly Lactide Acid) cards are made from plants such as corn, generating an EN13432 certified composite material that guarantees 100% reliability. They have less CO2 emissions when compared to PVC products and do not use oil.

Being a compostable material under very specific conditions, it is not biodegradable in an uncontrolled environment. It is compatible with the different physical and logical customization options.

Ocean Plastic

These cards are made with plastic recovered from the oceans (for example, trawl nylons), helping the oceans and wildlife to deal with plastic pollution. This product is the result of a partnership between Giesecke + Devrient (one of the largest card manufacturers in the world) and the association Parly for the Oceans.

These are just some of the alternatives to consider when thinking about making your card more “green”. You can count on Contisystems to help you along the path towards sustainability, whether in the choice of your card, in the production of cardmails with FSC certified materials, or even with old card collection and recycling services.