Back in august last year, I had a bit of a strop about plastic credit cards.
Around 17 billion plastic credit cards and membership cards are produced every year; the majority of which end up in the landfill when they expire.
Most credit cards are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is a petroleum-based plastic, currently non-recyclable.
Poly lactic acid (PLA) cards biodegrade in 82 days, but not in the landfill. They are made from corn starch; and I’m not sure I’m happy to take someone’s food source to make myself a plastic card!
The majority of companies will not use the best alternative – PET, because it costs 20% more than PVC
However, one company is getting the zero waste towers thumbs up from us this week!
Hot off the press from our lovely Maisie is good news about her most recent plastic membership card for the Co-operative. Maisie received a replacement card this week; flipped it over to sign her name and found a wondrous sight.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there, nestling in the corner of her card was a tiny PET1 triangle! This means, when her card expires, she can recycle it at her local civic amenity site.
What pleasant surpises have you had recently in the world of recycling and reducing landfill waste?
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