September 13, 2016
Brynn AlbrechtStaff Writer
Best Buy recently released a gift card that can be recycled at home – with your paper, cans and bottles.
Because the “Go Green” gift card is made out of paper, it can go right into your recycling bin at home. Easy peasy.
The traditional gift card is made out of polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, a material that is not usually accepted in city recycling programs. By using paper, we want to help reduce the amount of plastic that’s thrown out.
There are a couple of key ingredients to make recyclable cards. First, the paper becomes Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which is an internationally recognized standard for sustainable paper sourcing. Next, they are printed with water-soluble ink instead of solvent-based ink, which is better for the environment. Then, a water-soluble glue is used to adhere the front to the back. We’re talking sustainability from start to finish.
Not only are these cards better for the environment, but they’re strong, too. The durability matches those of traditional gift cards – they paper ones are stiff and will slide into your wallet just as easily. Of course, the paper cards also come in the familiar Best Buy price tag shape.
So for your next Best Buy gift card purchase, consider selecting the “Go Green” gift card – just look for the green on the display case next to the check out. The new cards are easier to recycle and they’re better for the environment. That’s a win for you and a win for the earth.
And when you’re using your new “Go Green” gift card, check out Best Buy’s latest sustainable tech.
Recyclable gift cards are available at Best Buy stores and can also be purchased online.
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