6 reasons why plastic free gift cards are the new industry standard

22 Jan 2024 • 2 minute read

It is time to say goodbye to plastic gift cards! Yes, the days of plastic gift cards clogging landfills are numbered. Eco-conscious consumers are turning their backs on unsustainable options and demanding greener alternatives. Today, consumers are more educated on the negative environmental impact of unnecessary single-use plastic. 

Businesses and brands in the know have swapped their plastic gift cards for a greener alternative: the paperboard gift card. But what exactly makes these little rectangular cards so much better? Buckle up because we're about to dive into six facts that have the gift card industry in a spin.

1. Sustainability Superstar

Made from recycled paper or cardboard, paperboard cards ditch petroleum-based plastic, resulting in fewer carbon emissions being created by their production. Our Green Gift Cards are sustainably sourced to create a high-quality, recyclable, and biodegradable paperboard. This removes the responsibility for an unrealistic multi-step recycling procedure. 

2. Durability Champion

Paperboard cards are known for their durability and don't bend or crack easily. The unique production and coating that we use on our cards make them sturdy and built to last. This makes them perfect for being slipped into a wallet or tucked away in a drawer until that perfect shopping spree arrives. 

3. Compost Conqueror

Unlike plastic gift cards, when the gift card’s journey is complete, they are not destined to pollute in a landfill. Our paperboard cards are the eco trifecta. Our cards are recyclable with other paper, paperboard and cardboard, and they are certified compostable and biodegradable.  

Using a Green Gift Card means you’re closing the gifting loop – from nature, back to nature, with nothing but smiles in between.

4. Style & Substance

Don't be fooled by the environmentally-friendly label. Paperboard cards come in a kaleidoscope of designs, from sleek and minimalist to vibrant and playful. You'll find options that match every personality and occasion, proving that sustainability doesn't have to sacrifice style. Check out some of our client's cards for inspiration.

5. Time Saver

Just like their plastic counterparts, paperboard cards offer a level of convenience. However, unlike the 3-8 week turnaround time for plastic. Paperboard cards can have a turnaround of less than three weeks - saving you time and money and reducing emissions on production. 

Remember, your gift cards can be purchased online and in stores and reloaded for future adventures. All of this whilst safe knowing that you are using a green product. It's guilt-free gifting made easy!

6. Marketing Marvel

Paperboard cards offer a fantastic marketing opportunity to showcase your brand’s eco ethics, putting action to words. With Green Gift Cards, we offer a truly ‘green’ alternative to plastic pollution that is a cut above the rest. Plus, our paperboard cards are produced from sustainably sourced FSC forests

Using paperboard gift cards opens the door to conversations about sustainability and sparks curiosity about eco-friendly alternatives. 

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So there you have it – 6 compelling reasons to make the switch to paperboard gift cards. They're good for the planet, good for your customers, and good for your soul. Head to Green Gift Cards and explore our wide range of paperboard card options. 



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Introducing our range of plastic-free cards

Since 2006 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.

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