Gemalto and Byblos Bank joined forces to launch the Middle East’s first bio-sourced EMV payment cards in Lebanon. Working with Gemalto’s local partner Unilux Cards, Byblos Bank plans to migrate 80% of its entire banking card portfolio to Gemalto’s Clarista bio-sourced payment cards within the next three years. The new cards will be replacing the conventional plastic card body with renewable materials that are easily recyclable and compostable. The bank has already started offering the Clarista bio-sourced cards as a standard to all new cardholders, and will be steadily switching the existing Byblos Bank debit, credit and prepaid cards to the bio-sourced alternative, as they become due for renewal. Holders of the new bio-sourced cards will be automatically enrolled in the Bank’s existing Card Loyalty Program, which offers a wide range of rewards such as travel points or miles.
Saudi Arabia-based Mobily mobile operator has started deploying the Gemalto bio-sourced SIM, made with renewable material and easily recyclable, for its more than 18 million subscribers. The Gemalto SIM is fully compliant with telecommunications standards and its card body is certified 100% compostable, focused on reducing the environmental impact while providing high-standard technical properties. The new card also enables Mobily to convey their visual identity by displaying their branding with quality colors and graphics.
Starting June 1, 2010, Gemalto and Deutsche
Post DHL are rolling out its innovative bio-sourced payment cards.Deutsche Post DHL is offering its enterprise
customers POSTCARD GOGREEN, which can be used to pay for the mailing of
letters and packages and for express deliveries. POSTCARD GOGREEN has
the same physical format and characteristics as common payment cards.
Each card is associated with the customer through a unique numeric code,
with 100,000 POSTCARDS GOGREEN being deployed in this initial roll-out.
GOGREEN is the climate protection program of Deutsche Post DHL.
GOGREEN’s goal is to reduce the CO2 emissions Deutsche Post DHL
generates for every letter and parcel sent, and across all of its
operations including subcontracted transportation services. The POSTCARD
GOGREEN complements the expanded portfolio of climate-friendly products
and services that Deutsche Post DHL launched in 2008.
Gemalto’s bio-sourced payment card is made from a renewable material
derived from corn, sugarcane and potato starch. This material is easily
recyclable and compostable through small scale industrial units and
reduces the global ecological footprint of the production process.
Gemalto has piloted the launch of
bio-sourced SIM cards by SFR, a French operator with over 20 million mobile subscribers. The card body, made from plant-based bioplastics, is easily recyclable and compostable and can be incinerated without emission of toxic fumes.
The bio-sourced SIM card is made from a new renewable material derived from corn, sugarcane or potato starch. This material is easily recyclable and compostable through small scale industrial units and reduces the global ecological footprint of the production process. This card is part of the expanded portfolio of eco-friendly products that are available for banking, telecom and government customers worldwide. Gemalto has also supplied SFR with packaging made from recycled paper and plant-based inks.
Gemalto digital security has launched its bio-sourced degradable smart
card. Made from renewable material, the new card can be incinerated
without emissions of toxic fumes. This is in conjunction with the
Company’s introduction of its packaging made from recycled paper and
vegetable inks. The bio-sourced smart cards complement Gemalto’s
portfolio of eco-friendly cards, made from paper-based materials for
short-term use, the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and
Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) based products, chlorine-free
alternatives to PVC cards. The company opted for non-chlorine polymers
in the late 1990’s and today is adopting material stemming from
Gemalto digital security is expanding its eco-friendly offering to
banking, telecom and government customers worldwide to reduce its
overall environmental impact. In doing so, Gemalto will be providing
chlorine-free manufacturing materials, using non-chlorine polymers in
its Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) based card products; ABS
molded cards; PC TWIN Reader smart card reader; and small form factor
cards. The company also will be providing Hazardous substance reduction
and promote renewable and recycled material with its Polylactic acid
(PLA) card using material derived from corn, sugarcane or potato starch;
paper-based materials for short-term use, such as scratch cards;
“ECOPack” Eco friendly packaging made of 100% recyclable materials for
Gemalto fulfillment services and waste material from manufacturing
process being recycled and used in the production of sailboat masts.
Additionally, Gemalto is certified with “ISO 14001:2004” certification
and the “KEMA” certification for power consumption.
Boston-based Arthur Blank and American Banknote have introduced a new card into its “GreenLine” suite of environmentally friendly products. The new “AB BiodegradableCard” joins the “AB RecycledCard” and the “CornCard USA” as part of green program. In addition to being biodegradable, the new “AB BiodegradableCard” is made from plants such as alfalfa, beets, corn, potato skins, switch grass and wheat. The new material is industrial compostable according to ASTM International standards and meets the “D6400” standard for compostable plastics. The material composts in a period of 180 days or less. Arthur Blank introduced its “CornCard USA” in 2006 . The corn-based plastic card is manufactured from NatureWorks PLA. The Company has the capacity to print up to 1.5 billion cards per year.(CF Library 1/17/06)
NY-based National Envelope Corporation has unveiled card sleeves and mailing envelopes to help shield contactless payment cards in transit. The new “Smart Card Guard” uses a thin protective metallic barrier that is incorporated into a specially produced, easy-to-print substrate. The new product was developed late last year and tested early this year by InfoGard Laboratories. The Company said the new product was developed in response to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The test of 20 smart cards showed encryption levels were not nearly strict enough to prevent easy interception of personal information. National Envelope manufactures approximately 50 billion envelopes a year via 21 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. A report released last week by Packaged Facts projects that total contactless credit and debit cards in the U.S. will reach 109 million by 2011 from the current 27 million. (CF Library 5/2/07)
NBS Technologies and its US subsidiary, NBS Card Services announced Tuesday the introduction of the biodegradable ‘Green Earth Card’, with the features of a standard bank card with the environmentally friendly properties of a biodegradable and renewable resource. The new card is made from Monsanto’s ‘Biopol’, the product of naturally fermented sugar feedstocks. This biodegradable polymer has many of the properties of traditional PVC plastics and can be processed into cards using conventional manufacturing techniques. NBS recently delivered its first US and Canadian orders of the ‘Green Earth Card’ to major financial institutions. The former NBS card production site in Byfleet, UK originally produced the first biodegradable cards in the UK for the Cooperative Bank’s ‘Greenpeace VISA Card’. These cards meet industry ISO physical and magnetic stripe specifications.