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Saving the environment from plastic cards

An eco-friendly solution

Green is the new gold.

The environmental cost of everything -- even petrol cards -- is being measured. Some things to consider:

  • The production of the Poly Plastic used in each card uses the equivalent energy of the gas to drive a Hummer 150 feet. Unfortunately, a credit card’s carbon footprint doesn’t stop there. The envelope and paper insert that accompanies your card adds 10-15 grams of CO2, or roughly 50 percent more to the card’s carbon footprint.
  • The environmental hit to send one card on a 6,200-mile flight is 28.9 grams, nearly a third more than the card’s own carbon footprint. Lifecycle of the cards needs to be considered too. Over the average card’s lifecycle, more that 10 kilos of mailed material, like statements, receipts and marketing collateral is sent. This triples the sum of all the other impacts put together.
  • The eCred electronic card has virtually no footprint, has a mechanism to communicate to the card user that uses no paper or mail, and can be re-issued if needed, instantly, with no further footprint.


Read more information on the carbon footprint of plastic credit cards.