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Recycled cards: a more sustainable way to pay

When can you receive a recycled card?

We started to issue recycled plastic (rPVC) payment cards in November 2021, and will phase out single-use PVC cards by the end of 2027.

In order to be as sustainable as possible, we’ll only replace your card when it naturally expires or is lost, stolen or damaged.

Why are we using recycled PVC plastic (rPVC)?

Conventional payment cards are made from polyvinyl chloride acetate (PVC). 

The industrial waste produced from this material is challenging. Across the world, 6 billion plastic payment cards are produced every year. 

Recycled PVC plastic (rPVC) has the same durability and expiry date (5 years) as the PVC product, but is less harmful to the planet as we’re using material that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill. 

This is one of the steps we’re taking to reduce our carbon emissions and reduce the amount of plastic waste.

Helping you make more sustainable choices

From using less plastic to saving energy and reducing waste, more of us are changing our habits and making eco-friendly purchasing decisions.

Small changes can, and do, add up – not only to benefit the environment, but to save you money too.

Explore: How to reduce your carbon footprint and save money