All types of businesses, organizations, education systems, clubs, and many others use some form of a PVC card
as either access control, identification purposes, membership access, hotel room keys, gift and loyalty cards, promotional purposes, and even gaming and casino cards. And that’s not even including the vast majority of credit cards, ATM cards, and other forms of payment cards.
That’s a lot of plastic cards that need to be
produced, issued, reissued, and disposed of on a daily basis. Imagine the
adverse impact that’s having in landfills and other refuse collection systems.
Not to mention the natural resources it takes to manufacture the printers and
supplies and to print and issue cards.
Regular PVC ID cards remain structurally intact in
landfills for decades, which has a direct effect on our environment and our
level of pollution.
What You Can Do
So how can you reduce your company’s carbon footprint
while still maintaining the standards you require to provide professional and
functional ID cards? Here are some suggestions:
- Rewritable cards. Instead of disposing cards no longer in use, you can erase the
information on rewritable ID cards and reprint them with new data to be
reissued as a brand-new card for someone else. The only drawback is that most
rewritable cards can only be printed in monochrome, so if you need a full color
photo on your ID cards, this might not be an option.
- Refillable ribbons. A lot of card printers now are
designed to use refillable ribbons, which helps eliminate some of the waste
generated when you throw out used ribbon cartridges. The newer ribbons come in
a reusable cartridge, and when it’s time to replace the old ribbon, you simply
pop the new ribbon in the old cartridge and insert it into your printer.
- Recycled lanyards. Recycled plastic lanyards are
a great way to decrease your eco footprint. PET plastic can be recycled and
fashioned into new products, so purchasing recycled lanyards takes the place of
producing new PET products from nonrenewable sources. There are several
recycled lanyards available, so you’re sure to find something that fits your
- Phthalate-free supplies. Phthalate is a serious
pollutant, and when found in the environment, can have a detrimental impact on
humans’ and animals’ health and reproduction. To help reduce the amount of this
harmful chemical in the environment and in our air, choose Phthalate-free
accessories, like strap clips and badge holders.
- Eco-friendly printers. There are several
manufacturers that produce Energy Star Certified ID card printers to help save
on the resources needed to produce your company’s ID cards. For example, Zebra,
Evolis, and Fargo have several models that are all Energy Star Certified,
meaning they use less electricity to operate, which saves you money and
protects the environment.
One benefit of proactively managing your company’s eco
footprint using the above strategies is that you can let your audience and
customers know that you’re doing everything you can to issue eco-friendly ID
badges. It will definitely have a positive effect on your brand’s reputation.
If you’re interested in investigating how you can
reduce your carbon footprint, call one of the experts at IDSecurityOnline to
discuss which ID card printing solution is the most energy efficient and which
supplies are the most eco-friendly. We’ll be happy to help you create an ID
card solution that addresses your company’s needs, your budget, and the