Are business cards environmentally friendly? If you’re like most people, you probably have a stack of business cards sitting somewhere in your home. And if you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how environmentally friendly those cards are. But should you? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the environmental impact of business cards and explore some ways to make them more sustainable. Stay tuned!
As the world becomes increasingly digitized, some people are wondering if business cards are environmentally friendly. After all, they are made of paper, which comes from trees. And once you’re done with a business card, you typically just throw it away.
So, are business cards environmentally friendly? The short answer is: no.
If you print your business cards on recycled paper, that’s definitely more environmentally friendly than using new paper. You can also print on both sides of the card to reduce paper waste. And if you use a printing service like Moo, you can even choose to have your cards printed on 100% recycled paper.
However, the vast majority of business cards are laminated with a thin layer of plastic. Similar to a disposable coffee cup. This actually makes them non-recyclable.
With 27 million business cards printed daily. That’s just under 10 billion business cards printed each year, every year. That’s a lot of non-recyclable business cards!
Shockingly, out of all cards printed each year, 8 billion will be tossed within a week. That’s 88% of cards printed.
So even if you choose to go with a recycled paper option, if your card is going into a landfill, it’s not exactly environmentally friendly. Worst yet the average person orders 500 business cards each year. That’s a lot of cards potentially ending up in landfill each year. This is a dirty secret that not many people consider or discuss.
So what’s the alternative solution? Another option is to forgo traditional business cards entirely and use smart business cards instead. These are essentially plastic cards that have a microchip inside them that digitally hold all your information. And since they last for decades and you only need one instead of hundreds. They’re definitely more environmentally friendly than a paper business card that has a 88% chance of being in a landfill within the first week.
Business cards are not only an outdated way to store and share contact information, but they’re also bad for the environment. The average business card takes about 3.5 gallons of water to produce, which is a huge waste when you consider that most people only keep them around for a few weeks before throwing them away. And even if you do manage to hang on to your business cards for longer, eventually they’ll end up in a landfill where they’ll take years to decompose.
If you care about being eco-friendly, it’s time to ditch the business cards and upgrade to a Tapzo Smart Card. With our smart cards, you can easily store all your important contact information, social links, and more on one card.
Plus, we plant a tree for every smart card purchased, so you can feel good knowing that you’re helping the environment while also staying organized and connected. So what are you waiting for? Purchase a Tapzo Smart Card today!