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May 30

When it Comes to Identification Cards, Go Green!

Green identification cards not only look good, but they give the owners the sense that they are doing what they can to help the planet.

There are many little things that individuals can do to help the environment. For example, think of how many individuals use Identification Cards for work. Hospital workers, government workers, airport security, employees at large corporations; all of them are required to wear id badges every day for work. Most ID badges are placed in plastic badge holders. The use of ID cards and badges made by companies that are dedicated to protecting the planet can help conserve resources and reduce pollution.

“Earth-friendly” badge holders are a good example of environmentalism made practical. Featuring slot/chain holes, the holder is not only sturdy enough to protect the card it displays but free of phthalates, which are found in many plastics and can be harmful to humans.

Green ID cards made of bamboo or of recycled products help protect the earth for several reasons. Bamboo crops are easily replenished. They also require only limited amounts of water, and they can be grown in many regions and climates, thus spreading the resources needed to sustain them. The process of recycling helps to conserve by using products that would otherwise have ended their usefulness. This makes it unnecessary to gather or manufacture the materials needed to make new products, which conserves energy.

Green ID cards also employ lanyards that are manufactured from recycled plastic materials. The fact that they are recycled does not reduce their usefulness or their appearance, as the lanyards come in a variety of styles and colors.

Less manufacturing will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere. Recycling also reduces the number of products that are discarded. These products can increase the need for landfills and the problems associated with them, and also air pollution if they are destroyed through burning.

Green ID printers have a number of features that are friendly to the environment, including biodegradable supply cores and power systems that automatically turn off when they are not in use. The reduced costs of manufacturing them can also save consumers by reducing the costs of products that have been recycled.

Green ID cards are thus more affordable, in addition to being easier on the environment.

Anyone considering obtaining identification cards or upgrading existing cards should consider making another commitment to protecting the planet, by going green.

Virginia Cunningham is a technology writer for AlphaCard Systems.

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