Santander is adopting a new single, modern design for all debit, credit, and pre-paid cards across Europe
Banco Santander has announced it is accelerating the rollout of eco-friendly cards in the Europe region.
This way, by 2025, all debit, credit, and pre-paid cards across Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the UK will be made of sustainable materials, such as recycled PVC or corn-based plastic substitute.
As recycled PVC and corn-based polylactic (PLA) cards require less energy to produce than traditional plastic cards, the bank’s adoption of eco cards will save over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the energy consumption of nearly 1,000 households. It will also reduce the use of plastic by 60 tons every year once the rollout, which started nearly two years ago, is completed.
The new cards, which include an eco logo, have a unique design for each customer segment for easier identification and include a notch at the bottom of the card to aid accessibility for the blind.
We’ve reported that French bank allows customers to have their cards recycled once expired.