Streamline joins the plastic-free card movement

7 Dec 2023 • 3 minute read

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Your V&A Dundee membership card is now plastic-free.

If you are not familiar with Streamline then you will almost certainly know their impressive client base. We are delighted to work closely with Streamline and share their environmental aspirations. Recently Streamline and their client V&A Dundee have pushed their membership and sustainability agenda to the next level. All of their membership cards are now plastic-free, 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

For their membership programme, Streamline and V&A Dundee were clear. They wanted high-quality eco membership cards made from ethically sourced materials. That’s a challenge we can accept!

What is special about these plastic-free membership cards is the eye-catching yet recognisable design. Even more significant is that they are the first plastic-free cards to use both bio coatings on one card; matte bio-coating and gloss bio-coating.

The face of this card has matte bio-coating, which is an aesthetic and adds robustness and makes them even more water resistant. Whilst the reverse has gloss bio-coating. This gives the V&A Dundee membership cards a unique finish and the capability to custom over-print using the compatible MAGiCARD 300 desktop printer.

Now V&A Dundee can print their member's details directly onto their membership cards on demand and in-house.

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Say hello to the next generation of sustainable membership cards

From unmissable exhibitions and extraordinary collections, Streamline has been working V&A Dundee to expand their membership programme without compromising on their sustainability plan, continuing their mission to inspire and empower through design.

At Green Gift Cards, we have spent the past 20 years researching and innovating. The result is a truly sustainable, 100% plastic-free card made from high-quality paperboard.

Our cards offer a robust membership card that can withstand everyday life without compromising on print quality.

This combination combines our Green Gift Card philosophy with our new enviricard product. Utilising both the bio coating and the desktop printing capability. Businesses with a membership or ID card program can enhance their eco ethos whilst still offering custom desktop printing.

Why isn't recycled plastic enough?

Inspired by responsible manufacturing we have been working with our partners Holmen Iggesund in Sweden since 2011. Our founder, Graham Lycett, takes inspiration from the Mike Berners-Lee book - 'How Bad is a Banana?'. He is always looking for practical, real solutions to the plastic card problem.

In his book, Berners-Lee discusses calculating the true amount of carbon emitted to produce goods and food. Berners-Lee states that the production of 1 banana it creates 110g of Co2. This takes into account various factors such as water production, fertilizers, transport, and energy.

"The only truly sustainable option" - Graham Lycett

According to Uwe Trüggelmann, in his paper 'Carbon Footprint of the Card Industry', He estimates that one plastic card takes 20g - 50g of CO2 to manufacture. Alternatively, our premium paperboard cards take just 11g per card. The materials used in our cards are manufactured using only biomass fuel, further supporting the sustainability credentials.

Where a plastic card is made from recycled plastic or can be recycled, the continuous energy used in manufacturing or recycling creates even more CO2. Sadly, when a recycled plastic card has lived its life; it will still end up in the same landfills it was always destined for.

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Your membership cards

Do you need to upgrade your plastic membership cards to a more sustainable option? We offer several ways to bring your vision to life. Choose from sequential numbering, barcoding and embedded smart chips. All of our cards are 100% plastic-free and recyclable! 

Contact Green Gift Card today to discuss your requirements. 



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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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