Eco-focused solutions in payment cards

Leading the way towards a more environmentally-friendly future for payments, CPI offers two material options for EMV and dual-interface capable payment cards to reduce the use of first-use plastic.

Earthwise™ Recycled PET-G is the first high-content payment card product on the market to offer up to 98% upcycled plastic content, and the Earthwise - Recycled PVC card can contain up to 85% upcycled plastic.  Content for both cards is dependent on design.

Aimed at reducing first-use plastic and reusing plastic waste that might otherwise enter a landfill, Earthwise™ offers the opportunity to serve a growing market of environmentally-conscious consumers. Perfect for financial card issuers, transit, hospitality, entertainment, retail gift and more.

Incorporate upcycled plastic into your card's construction


Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (rPETG)

The rPETG card is a premium upcycled payment card product created from the same plastic commonly found in clear plastic packaging. This card offers the highest percentage of upcycled plastic in a dual-interface payment card by utilizing post-industrial plastic for all card layers.

Recycled Polyvinyl Chloride (rPVC)

The rPVC upcycled card product is an economical, eco-focused option that allows issuers to introduce products that appeal to environmentally-conscious consumers. The overall upcycled content of the rPVC cards is approximately 85%, dependent upon design.



of debit and credit cardholders are concerned about plastic waste

In a CPI survey conducted by an independent research firm, debit and credit cardholders indicated they are “concerned” about plastic waste in landfills. What’s more, 73% of respondents indicated that it is important that their financial institution is environmentally-conscious.


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CPI's newest innovations push the boundaries of card materials, while demonstrating what is possible in manufacturing to reduce first use plastic in payment cards.

Turning Trash into Treasure

Reducing First-Use Plastic

Driven to have a meaningful impact on the issue of plastic waste, CPI created Earthwise™ payment cards, made from upcycled post-industrial plastic waste.

Our goal is two-fold –

Reduce first-use plastic in payment cards
Reuse post-industrial plastic that might otherwise have entered a landfill

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Explore Second Wave® payment cards featuring a core made with recovered ocean-bound plastic.

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