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Why Should Your Business Use Eco-Friendly Smart Card Products

This entry was posted on 18th December 2019.

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Recently we’ve heard so much surrounding climate change, and how we, as humans, are affecting the environment at an unsustainable level.

In such a technical industry it’s virtually impossible to use fully recyclable products and as a company, we acknowledge that, however, we are continuously doing our utmost to find ways to become eco-friendlier. So, in today’s blog, we are going to take a look at some of the ways you can become more eco-friendly when it comes to smart card products.

So how can you make a difference when buying smart cards?

Standard plastic cards are made from non-renewable PVC materials, basically, during the manufacturing and disposal process, they’re causing environmental damage. Because smart cards are made to be durable, they refuse to breakdown after disposal, therefore organizations need to be aware of the alternatives available that are less harmful to the environment.

Currently, the best alternative is to use cards made from recycled materials, meaning although they aren’t recyclable, they have been made from plastic that has already been used, which helps reduce the impact on the environment and doesn’t contribute to more plastic being created.

Not only will this help save the environment, but it’ll also have a positive impact on your business, helping you reduce your carbon footprint as well as bringing positive PR through your initiatives and viewpoints of the world’s future.

The perception is because its more eco-friendly, the price is much higher, however, that’s not the case with recycled cards only costing fractionally more than non-recycled cards.

How can you positively affect the environment when it comes to your accessories?

Within our industry, smart cards aren’t the only product you can substitute in order to, as a business become more eco-friendly…

Universal Smart Cards offers a range of fully recyclable Evohold® badge holders and accessories, which means you can recycle all your unwanted, used and broken products by returning them to us for recycling. In return, your company will share our initiatives in being a sustainable and Eco-Friendly organization.

Recyclable badge holders are much better for the environment than any Biodegradable version, they use 100% recycled material, 74% less CO2 than virgin material. The problem with the biodegradable holders is, they are still made using plastic, therefore more plastic is needed every time, meaning they can’t be recycled, they have to either be incinerated or go to landfill.

Other than Badge holders we offer Eco-friendly lanyards. They’re made using woven fibers of recycled polyester (RPET) and are a common accessory for your ID cards & badge holders.

Eco-friendly lanyards have numerous benefits, for example, because they’re made from recycled plastic, they’re more durable, meaning it will help your organization reduce its costs as you won’t have to purchase as regular.

In comparison to standard lanyards, the quality is far better when using recyclable materials. At the end of life, the recycled material eliminates 60 bottles of water from entering landfills, this equivalates to 1kg of RPET!

When using these materials, the following benefits apply to the environment:

No additional chemicals (with the exception of cleaning detergents)

  • 59% less energy used to produce them
  • 32% less CO2 emissions in the production process

In addition to RPET, lanyards can alternatively be made from bamboo fabric, meaning mechanically the manufacturing process involves superstation and extraction of fibers directly from the bamboo shoot. Unlike the majority of plastics that are used to make traditional lanyards available on the market, Bamboo is a biodegradable material, meaning it can be recycled.

If your business is looking to become more eco-friendly, and sustainable for the environment, feel free to get in touch with one of our experts…

They’ll be happy to help!

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