Providing environmentally friendly products is a smart business practice that benefits both the credit union and its members. Eco Friendly Solutions allow institutions to better serve their members who have made a conscious choice to minimize the environmental impact of their cards. MAP Plastics offers sustainable solutions, including Green Plastics, recycled paper for fulfillment and mailers, and state of the art, eco-friendly Plastic Card Solutions.
Smart Eco Recycled card solution provides a more environmentally friendly alternative to virgin PVC cards by using waste materials which may otherwise have been sent to landfill. Cards made from recycled PVC are stable, bond at low temperature, are print receptive and laminate well, and tests have shown that they meet the ISO standards for financial cards. The cards are also suitable for chip embedding and personalization, and offer good card shaping properties. The Smart Eco Recycled PVC card is a high performing product that can equal a regular card in terms of functionality, durability, reliability and security while reducing the environmental impact. Our Recycled PVC cards have a core made from almost 100% recycled materials and in order to ensure the highest quality, the cards have a virgin PVC overlay, giving a total recycled content of around 85%.
Smart EcoPVC card solution consists of around 99% PVC but contains additives that help break down the PVC polymers at a much faster rate than normal. Under the right conditions, EcoPVC will biodegrade over a period of up to five years, providing a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard PVC cards. EcoPVC has undergone extensive testing and is generally considered to equal a standard PVC card in terms of performance. The degradation process for a EcoPVC card does not start until the material comes into contact with microorganisms in the compost and therefore, it lasts as long as a card made from standard PVC.
Smart Eco PET-G card solution is widely considered to be a more environmentally sound material than standard PVC due to the absence of chlorine in the production process. In addition, PET-G is more recyclable than PVC and a good infrastructure for recycling exists. Made from polyester with an added glycol modifier, PET-G offers good card shaping properties and is excellent for chip embedding, providing an ideal alternative to PVC for standard financial cards. The material also works extremely well during the personalization process. Representing a tried and tested solution, PET-G is certified for all standard magstripe and contact chip applications, and has passed the relevant ISO tests.