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Manufacturer of the Year & Best Industry Innovation of 2023, highly commended.

Our approach and innovations are changing the shape of the gift card industry and helping save the planet. Find out more about the 2023 GCVA awards.

We’re Proud to be members of the GCVA

The Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA) is a very active trade body and membership organisation that provides a platform and infrastructure to raise the profile of gift cards within the UK, positively positioning the sector to consumers, businesses, government and interested parties. We’re delighted to be a member and to have the opportunity to work closely with them on their green initiative.

Our fight against the plastic card

In nearly every instance plastic cards are over engineered for their purpose. They are energy hungry to manufacture, they are not environmentally friendly, they can be challenging to recycle and most of them end up in landfill or incineration.

It’s not just us driving the change. The UK Government has set out its 25 Year Environment Plan that includes looking at the tax system or charges to reduce the amount of single use plastics.  Public awareness and consumer demand has seen more and more businesses pledge to eradicate single and limited use plastics in an effort to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis.

This means that there is no better time to switch from plastic cards to environmentally friendly paperboard, compostable cards. They are greener, cheaper and quicker to produce, so why wouldn’t you!

Introducing our range of plastic-free cards

Since 2006, as gift card manufacturers, we have been innovating and disrupting in the card market to develop what is a leading range of environmentally-friendly card solutions.  So what sets us apart?

Well that’s the thing, there’s a number of reasons why Green Gift Cards are renowned in the world of card production. It is the material we use for our cards and the certification that the cards come with. It is also the compelling environmental story (we urge you to watch the video) that is behind all of our cards and the fact that, once finished with, our cards are compostable and can be recycled in normal household waste streams. Oh and we’ll say it again – being environmentally-friendly doesn’t mean they are more expensive. In fact they offer great value compared to plastic cards.


Protecting the environment

Green Gift Cards plastic free cards are made from paperboard which comes from sustainable and renewable sources, they are 100% recyclable, compostable to EN13432 and our material is responsibly manufactured at one of the world’s most environmentally friendly paper mills that is powered by bio energy.

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Short Runs

Digitally printing short runs with variable designs and data onto thick paperboard is a total game changer and unique to us. We can produce high-quality low-volume cards, carriers and packaging on specially adapted Ricoh digital presses that have been modified to print on our 660 micron thick Invercote board. The minimum run length is just 100 cards.

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Why Green Gift Cards

We’re on a mission. To rid the world of unnecessary single and limited use plastic cards by educating and influencing brands and users on how they can switch from PVC and other forms of plastic cards to paperboard which is recyclable, compostable and THE most environmentally friendly alternative. As a leading gift card supplier, we work with brands and card issuers in the UK, Europe and an ever growing list of countries around the world.

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We work closely with some of the biggest and best in their field to bring you market leading environmental solutions for your cards. Learn more about our partners.

White paper

Read our latest white paper to find out one simple change organisations can implement today to help tackle the issue of single and limited use plastic.