In nearly every instance plastic gift cards are over engineered for their purpose.

Plastic gift cards are energy hungry to manufacture, they are not environmentally friendly, can be challenging to recycle and most of them end up in landfill, where they remain. The UK Government has set out its 25 Year Environment Plan that includes looking across the whole lifecycle and how the tax system or charges could reduce the amount of single use plastics waste.

With more and more businesses now pledging to eradicate single-use plastics in an effort to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis, now is the right time to switch from plastic cards to environmentally friendly ones and it couldn’t be easier.

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big business

Gift cards are big business. In the UK the total market is currently worth over £6bn1.

Up to now, companies have been restricted to mostly non-environmentally friendly materials and processes when choosing cards. Or faced higher charges and greater creative restrictions on the few green options available. Not any more. Green Gift Cards offer you five card formats. And often cheaper, quicker and greener than the alternatives – without sacrificing quality

£6billion

In the UK gift cards are now a £6bn industry1

Four
out of five

of us spend more on gift cards than we do on actual presents1

98.5%

of consumers redeem gift cards within 12 months1

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1 UKGCVA 2018

Green Gift Cards
the benefits

We promise a convenient end-to-end service. We deliver faster and with less environmental impact than many of the other options available to you.

Our proven workflow system and efficient production process ensures a reassuringly smooth service. Our unique patents and revolutionary materials help your organisation reduce the amount of single or limited use plastics that goes into landfill as well as helping you to meet your corporate social responsibility targets. And at all times reducing your carbon footprint and keeping costs low.

All of which means going green doesn’t have to be expensive.

Cheaper

Thanks to Green Gift Cards, taking the greener option doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. Our environmentally-friendly varnished cards cost up to 58% less than PVC. You can also save in postage charges by taking advantage of Royal Mail's discounts on sustainable advertising mail. Even more savings are available both in terms of cost and the environment as Green Gift Cards weigh half as much as their PVC equivalent, therefore less expensive to transport, using less fuel.

GRAPH This illustrates cost saving based on a run of 250,000 GGC3 on 790 micron compared to the equivalent card from the leading PVC alternative

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Quicker

Because our production process contains fewer stages than other less green options, we can save you time.

We offer a turnaround of:

  • 10-15 working days for print and data application with no magnetic stripe
  • 15-20 working days for print and data application including magnetic stripe

Our end-to-end service also ensures that your project runs smoothly and efficiently, from start to finish.

10-15working days

turnaround for print and data application with no magnetic stripe

15-20working days

turnaround for print and data application including magnetic stripe

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Greener

Our Green Gift Cards can help you reduce your environmental impact.

They’re produced using materials that have been thoroughly tested, and which come with environmental accreditation.

They’re created with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified paper, which means that wood used to make this paper comes from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources. This makes them the only true alternative for businesses wishing to choose sustainable printed products and reduce their plastic consumption. Switching to Green Gift Cards will help you to reduce landfill from obsolete and spent gift cards and at the same time remove the burden on brands and consumers when it comes to managing their gift card waste …our cards can go into landfill where they compost or be recycled easily with no negative environmental impact.

Our card comes from responsible sources produced at FSC® certified mills to a ISO14001 environmental management standard

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Our products

Green Gift Cards are available in 5 different formats. The patent for our unique snap format M6 card die cut means we’re the only manufacturer able to produce M6 cards with a CR80 snap in cardboard with a clean edge, no nasty perforation.

You can choose from a wide range of embellishments including gloss laminate, soft touch, textured, gloss or matt varnish, foils and Micro Motion® on the card face, and a range of options on the reverse. Minimum order quantity 5000.

Browse our products

  • GGC1

    GGC1

    CR80
    Size: 86mm x 54mm
    Printing: Printed 4 colour process to face and either black or 4 colour process to reverse
    Finish: Gloss and matt machine varnish, eco gloss and matt laminate
    Finishing: Ram punch with option with and without eco laminate
    Personalise: Magnetic stripe and encoding, DOD barcode, PIN with scratch panel, signature panel
    Minimum Order Quantity: 5000
    GGC1
  • GGC2

    GGC2

    CR80 Snappy
    Size: 86mm x 92mm
    Printing: Printed 4 colour process to face and either black or 4 colour process to reverse
    Finish: Gloss and matt machine varnish, eco gloss and matt laminate
    Finishing: Cut to shape, ready to be affixed to a carrier. Features snap for activation mag stripe section removal.
    Personalise: Magnetic stripe and encoding, DOD barcode, PIN with scratch panel, signature panel
    Minimum Order Quantity: 5000
    GGC2
  • GGC3

    GGC3

    M6 no snap
    Size: 86mm x 124mm
    Printing: Printed 4 colour process to face and either black or 4 colour process to reverse
    Finish: Gloss and matt machine varnish, eco gloss and matt laminate
    Finishing: Ram punch with Euro slot
    Personalise: Magnetic stripe and encoding, DOD barcode, PIN with scratch panel, signature panel
    Minimum Order Quantity: 5000
    GGC3
  • GGC4

    GGC4

    M6 snap
    Size: 86mm x 124mm
    Printing: Printed 4 colour process to face and either black or 4 colour process to reverse
    Finish: Gloss and matt machine varnish, eco gloss and matt laminate
    Finishing: Ram punch with patented Concora Cut (to give separate CR80) and Euro slot
    Personalise: Magnetic stripe and encoding, DOD barcode, PIN with scratch panel, signature panel; options available to apply data to both body of the card and CR80
    Minimum Order Quantity: 5000
    GGC4
  • GGC5

    GGC5

    M6+ snap
    Size: 86mm x 124mm
    Printing: Printed 4 colour process to face and either black or 4 colour process to reverse
    Finish: Gloss and matt machine varnish, eco gloss and matt laminate
    Finishing: Ram punch with 2 x patented Concora Cut (to give two separate CR80s) and Euro slot
    Personalise: Magnetic stripe and encoding, DOD barcode, PIN with scratch panel, signature panel; options available to apply data to both CR80 cards
    Minimum Order Quantity: 5000
    GGC6

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Do you need an in-house retail gift card, or a 3rd party mail gift card?

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3rd party – format dictated by processor (eg. Incom)
In-house – standard format, usually card & carrier

Which of our three gift card materials meets your requirements?

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  • A great low cost option - if budget is your main consideration then our entry-level material is perfect for you.
  • VGC is a proven product that works well in retail environments for single use/digital downloads (Point of Sale Activation – POSA) products.
  • VGC can accept all data applications including magnetic stripe.
  • This material has been developed specifically for the gift and prepaid card market. MGC is perfect for a wide range of cards, has proven longevity and has very strong environmental credentials.
  • MGC is stiffer and more durable than most board materials available, offering a closer look and feel and making it almost indistinguishable from PVC.
  • The MGC material accepts all data applications including magnetic stripe, DOD and scratch off panels to the same high standard as PVC.
  • Ideal for retail, gift cards, loyalty and membership schemes where multiple use is required.
  • This material offers unparalleled quality and durability without compromising its green credentials.
  • Engineered for the gift and prepaid market. Perfect for multiple uses/transactions, redemptions or top ups.
  • A unique and premium feel helps create a high perceived value without the price tag. A perfect alternative to PVC for gift, loyalty and membership cards.

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Personalisation / Encoding

Quantity
Inkjet Fee £128.30 £180.60 £305.20 £575.00 £1,050.00
Standard Stock Scratch-off £10.00 £18.00 £35.00 £85.00 £165.00
Apply Mag stripe (LoCo) CR80 £92.60 £129.20 £221.00 £422.00 £788.00
Apply Mag stripe (LoCo) and data £153.60 £206.70 £285.00 £605.50 £1,139.00
Apply Flow Wrap Pack Label £13.50 £27.00 £54.00 £135.00 £270.00
Flow wrapping in 20's £63.15 £126.30 £252.60 £631.50 £1,263.00
Boxing in 250's and barcode labelling £13.50 £27.00 £54.00 £135.00 £270.00
Box/Label/Export Palletise £4.20 £8.40 £16.80 £42.00 £84.00
Attach Card To Carrier £162.80 £218.60 £365.80 £656.50 £1,223.00

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Green Gift Cards Paperboard

100% recyclable, biodegradable and responsibly manufactured at one of the world’s most environmentally friendly paper mills. The material used to make Green Gift Cards is a high quality board that boasts superior print and colour reproduction properties. A patented coating formula provides outstanding lightfastness and gives the end product a longer life. With strength, rigidity and thickness comparable to PVC, it is especially suitable for gift, membership and loyalty cards. Feels and looks like plastic with gloss, coated and matt uncoated options available. Ideal for multiple formats including CR80, M6 snap and non snap formats.

Technical Specification

  • Paper weight 790 micron
  • Paper Type : Solid Bleached Boards, Virgin Fibre
  • Created with 94% renewable sources
  • Taint and odour neutrality
  • FSC Certified
  • PEFC Certified
  • Feature FSC + PEFC logos, recycle logo.

Features and Benefits

  • Biodegradable
  • Compostable to EN 13432 standard
  • 100% recyclable
  • Rigidity and thickness comparable to PVC cards
  • Premium look and feel
  • Long lasting
  • Swipe durability tested to more than 400 swipes
  • Ideal for snap card formats
  • Bleached using an Elemental Chlorine Free (EFC) process
  • EN 13430:2004 Standard Compliant
  • Conforms to ISO9706 requirements for performance
  • Produced at a mill that is certified to ISO14001 environmental management standards and ISO9001 quality management standards
  • High brightness printing quality
  • Fossil fuel admission free mills and zero landfill policy
  • Mill listed as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by the UN
  • Sourced from forests that plant more trees than are felled
  • Full FSC CoC available
  • Adopt a tree scheme

Finishes & embellishments

  • Gloss or uncoated finish
  • Water based matt or silk varnish
  • UV gloss varnish
  • Hot / Cold Foils
  • Embossing
  • Textured and 3D coatings
  • Spot, matt coatings
  • Flocking
  • Mirror and metallic surfaces
  • Mirror and metallic surfaces

Personalisation and data applications

  • Magnetic Stripes
  • Scratch Panels
  • Bar Coding
  • Signature Panel
  • Die Cutting

Where our cardboard comes from

The cardboard we use is FSC® and produced in state of the art fossil fuel admission free mills.

It conforms to ISO9706 requirements for permanence, and therefore is suitable for applications requiring acid-free paper.

The eco laminate we use also complies with En 13432 and ASTM D 6400 standards for biodegradability and compostability5.

 

Source

5 Age testing January 2012

Find out more

Find out why our production process is faster, how our materials are greener than other options, and how we can help you save on postage rates. Request our whitepaper and discover more about the growing business opportunities of gift cards, and why Green Gift Cards are the Cheaper, Quicker and Greener alternative.

If you would like to actually feel and see the quality of the three Green Gift Card materials, we will happily send you a sample pack.

Finally, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions and would like to speak to someone in person, then either call us on 01794 725 454 or request a call back.

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