The Thales Gemalto Recycled PVC card aims to replace first-use plastic in banking cards.
It's made of post-manufacturing material from different industries, such as packaging and printing. As a result, it reduces the use of first-use PVC by 100%.
#4. Thales Gemalto Carbon Offset Programme
The Thales Gemalto Carbon Offset programme helps companies comprehensively compensate for their cards' carbon footprint.
Thales works to minimise the carbon footprint of all its products and services. We then partner with leading consultancies, auditors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to offset what remains by using various carbon mitigation programmes worldwide, such as Brazil's Acre Amazonian Rainforest scheme.
Our customers are welcome to enrol in this programme too. As a result, our cards are carbon-neutral and feature a carbon-neutral logo to demonstrate their green credentials to your customers.
More and more clients are joining and taking action to protect the environment. Will you be next? Join us, and together, let's make a positive impact!
What is Thales' commitment to the environment?
Thales' global environmental policy aims to manage our overall environmental impact.
So not only do we ensure eco-friendly delivery of our products, but we also embrace green manufacturing practices, as the ISO 14001 certifications of all our significant sites testify.
We also promote eco-friendly design at every stage, from product conception to re-engineering.
This process covers the product's environmental impact, such as resource consumption and emissions during manufacturing to waste and end-of-life disposal.
The way you manage a card's end-of-life disposal has an impact on environmental practices.
Many people wonder what to do with old credit cards, how to dispose of them, or even destroy them once they reach end-of-life or when they need to be renewed.
The good news is that we can help you find the right solution for your customers.
Thales' role is to facilitate your end-of-life card management by acting as an intermediary between you and our partner recycling companies.
We've started working with a long-term European partner to recycle banking cards. This involves recovering the energy from the plastic through incineration.
The metal in the cards is also recycled and then sent for use in other industries, such as jewellery and electrical circuit manufacturing.
This is hugely beneficial, as it means 0% of these materials end up in a landfill.
Additionally, we aim to recycle these materials in Europe to further mitigate the bank cards' carbon footprint. We've also developed next-generation products that put recycling at the heart of the design process.
This includes removing unnecessary components – such as the magnetic stripes or the signature panel – to make recycling possible. It also means working on a simplified colour design for the cards.
Swedish pioneer of sustainable payment cards, Doconomy, is again leading the way with a card that comes with mono colour printing, a light signature panel and no magnetic stripes. It's an eye-catching design and a way of putting recycling at the heart of card production.
Card recycling is undoubtedly a challenge for many banks, but with rapid advances happening across the sector, there's a real opportunity to drive change.
With consumers increasingly expecting companies to be environmentally friendly, Thales can provide you with a complete set of tools that enables you to build a consistent and sustainable card offering that proves your green credentials and counters any claims of greenwashing.
Thales implements processes to accelerate dematerialisation.
Our services help to reduce the excessive and unnecessary production of the bits of paper– such as personalised card carriers, inserts and PIN mailers – that usually go hand in hand with delivering and activating cards, as well as enabling you to share information with your cardholders and access comprehensive online reporting solutions.
The Thales Gemalto card carrier compiler tool lets banks manage advanced carrier design and implement frequent online content updates. Put simply; it enables you to scale down the number of leaflets you need to bundle with each card.
Thales also offers complete card PIN code management. Our innovative and secure solution provides an interactive experience for cardholders and a seamless move to digital. Choosing paperless PIN management and distribution lowers your carbon footprint and supports your corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
For EMV card issuance, you can monitor your card production and personalisation via Thales' web portal, with electronic invoicing available on request. The process is paperless and brings agility to managing card batches of any size.
For EMV card customisation, Thales offers an online personal picture service for your artwork. Cardholders can be issued a unique card while maintaining a paperless and environmentally friendly production chain.
Thales Sustainable payment cards are certified by major payment schemes and safety scientists.
Thales has its full portfolio of cards certified by the Mastercard Sustainable Card Program. Since 2019, 30 million of these eco-friendly cards have been issued based on bio-sourced materials or recycled plastic.
The global safety science leader UL tested and certified Thales Gemalto Bio-sourced (PLA) card in March 2022. The 1st bio-sourced payment card in the world certified by UL*
* Precision on the RESULT is cited as +/- 3% (absolute), plus +/- 2% difference comes from the card structure tolerance.
Thales has delivered millions of eco-friendly cards and services worldwide to over 25 customers.
Doconomy revisited the green credit card approach putting the user at the heart of the green payment strategy.
Mediolanum launched a new sustainable card made of PLA to reduce PVC use by more than 80% in payment cards.
Findomestic launches its more sustainable credit card, which uses PLA instead of PVC. They stated, "As of 30 April 2021, we have put just over 100,000 PLA cards into circulation with a reduction of 600 kilos of PVC". "In February 2021, we started replacing our new and expiring cards and switched from PVC to PLA cards. We will conclude this cycle in 2024 when all our cards will be eco-sustainable".