metal cards as with coins may have a bigger carbon footprint because extracting metals is environmentally damaging and energy-intensive. Metal has to be mined, smelted, transported.
For every bank card we have in our wallets, many of us have probably handled 1000 times more banknotes, and polymer ones at that, If I want a new debit card then that’s my prerogative, I would like to think I am still doing my bit for the environment by choosing to live my life as cashless as possible.
Edit: Sorry @_ed that last paragraph wasn’t aimed at you specifically, that was in response to the general conversation around the desire to replace my debit card
Given the concern about the environmental impact of issuing all of these new cards (and presumably of cards in general) perhaps Monzo could investigate the practicalities not offering some sort of card recycling service where old cards can be returned to Monzo for recycling?
I hope Monzo would consider carbon neutral cards or made from recycled plastics in future.
I think it’s a valid point that new cards will have some impact on the environment but people just need to calm down a bit on criticism
The Co-operative Bank issue debit and credit cards made without using PVC which makes them easier to recycle (though in my experience they wear out faster as they seem a bit “softer”). Triodos issues a biodegradable debit card. I remember reading on a forum somewhere that metal cards are hard to recycle as they still have a plastic core (or plastic in them somewhere).
With Monzo being realy big on ethics, could all monzo cards be 100% recyclable. Micro plastic and the environment is realy big at the moment. Therefore, it would be nice to know monzo was supporting the environment by doing this.