Probably never going to happen, but it would be a bold and awesome move if you made your cards from wood or metal (for example). Save our planet
Some alternatives have been discussed in the following thread, including interest from one of the Monzo team involved in card production.
It’s a nice idea, I’m currently in the process of cutting my plastic usage.
N26 have that nice and shiny “metal” card - if there was a nicely designed Monzo version, i’d even be willing to pay for it (a one off payment, as opposed to a regular payment )
I’d second that sentiment too. Either a metal one, a wood option @ajukco mentioned (is that even feasible? Bamboo?), or any kind of more environmentally-friendly options would be of interest to me.
I’d pay too!
It wouldn’t be easy, but I have seen a few banks abroad try.
and in the UK. Triodos Bank have an environmentally friendly card
Also remember, some plastics are better than others, and metal cards are still plastic coated.
As for plastics used, I’m pretty sure the Amex clear cards are polypropylene. I’m no materials scientist, so don’t yell at me if I’m wrong (I suppose I could take one down to our materials analysis lab and ask those students to tell me…). I believe polypropylene is more environmentally friendly than PVC, and the card sure feels a lot nicer (it’s a smoother, nicer-feeling plastic). So maybe looking at what plastics are used might be a better option?
Ooh, hemp-based plastic could be a great choice!
Back of a Barclays Debit Card
it may only be carbon neutral because they pay money into a carbon offset scheme
EDIT yes i was right, their manufacturing process emits “harmful emissions” but they ease their conciounce by paying money to a firm that tries to reduce emissions elsewhere
Yeah, that’s not ideal. I’d really like to see Monzo use a plant-based plastic that biodegrades after 10 years or some sort of reasonable lifetime. Or at least make them out of something that can be easily recycled and offer a return scheme (as presumably the metal and silicon needs to be extracted and recycled too).