Thames Technology Focused on Sustainability, Will Use Recycled PVC as Standard for Card Products

In a move to further reduce its impact on the environment, Thames Technology is planning to eliminate “the use of virgin PVC from all its card production.”

Thames Technology has already “been manufacturing 100% of its non-financial cards such as gift, loyalty and membership cards virgin plastic free using either paperboard or recycled PVC (rPVC) depending on the intended use and lifecycle of the cards.”

As part of its sustainability strategy, Thames Technology is now “planning a total move away from single-use virgin PVC by offering more environmentally-friendly alternatives for its financial card clients, in particular rPVC.” Using this material means that plastic waste will be reduced and less “will end up in landfills and oceans.”

Recycled PVC is post-industrial waste “that is manufactured into PVC sheets.” Using this raw material in card production “has no impact on color, performance, or the look and feel of the finished card product but offers a far greener alternative to virgin PVC.”

Leading the way in the UK and European card industry by using sustainable materials as standard for card products, is just one step Thames Technology is “taking towards embracing corporate responsibility.”

In addition to supporting the company’s own sustainability plans, this move will benefit partners and clients alike “as it will enable them to meet sustainability targets, reduce their carbon footprint and promote their own environmental credentials by applying the rPVC logo to their cards.”

Che Colford, General Manager at Thames Technology, commented:

“We are proud to have achieved our goal of migrating all of our retail cards from virgin PVC to paperboard or rPVC. Moving over financial card production will be another significant step towards creating a world without waste. Even though high-quality recycled plastic actually costs more than brand new plastic, we believe using sustainable materials is the best way forward thanks to robust global supply chains and economies of scale.”

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