Gift cards are fast becoming one of the easiest ways to shop for someone. It seems that every corner store has a selection of them, and there’s little effort or thinking involved when looking for a gift for that special someone.
Gift cards seem to have it all, but one thing they can’t escape is that they’re made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a type of plastic – and that also goes for hotel key cards, ID cards, membership cards, access cards, library cards, ATM cards and gaming cards.
According to Plenty Magazine, 75 million pounds of PVC from plastic cards enters landfills every year in the United States alone. Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most commonly used plastics, but the production and disposal of it releases dangerous toxins into the environment. Many businesses are committing to removing PVC from their products because studies have shown that the chemicals in PVC are easily ingested by children playing with PVC toys.
There is an alternative to using PVC cards – using recycled paperboard keycards, bio PVC keycards, or recycled plastic cards that are recyclable after use. Recycled paperboard and recycled plastic key cards can be used in the same manner as any other plastic card except they can be safely recycled at the end of their life.
Bio PVC is a special biodegradable material that behaves just like regular PVC, except it biodegrades within five years or less. All three of these recyclable and eco-friendly materials offer businesses – and their customers – a greener option while remaining equally as convenient as toxic PVC gift cards, credit cards or ID cards.
Looking for a way to recycle and help the environment? If so, contact ICEGREEN today. We can help.
Ice Green is one of the largest manufacturers of lead free and contaminant-free reusable bags, custom reusable bags and recycled plastic gift cards in North America, serving a wide variety of businesses and industries both small and large (Beverage Companies, Grocery Stores, Hotels, Pharmaceuticals and much more) across North America and globally. And, as the manufacturer, you’re dealing directly with us, saving you time and money. Looking for the best in reusable paper bags and recycling products? Contact ICEGREEN today.