Saturday, October 18, 2008

Recycling Plastic Cards

Because of their ease of use, it’s no surprise that almost 17 billion plastic cards (library, video rental, gift and membership cards) were produced in 2006, according to the International Card Manufacturing Association.

Unfortunately, once they are used up these cards get trashed - not a friendly environmental practice since they often contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known human carcinogen.

To keep cards out of the trash, Earthworks, an eco-friendly manufacturing and recycling company, recently launched its Retailer Gift Card Return Program. It allows retailers and consumers to send in cards for recycling so that the gift of these cards can live on and on.

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