For most projects, PVC (Polyvinylchloride) is used. PVC is perfectly laminatable and is resistant to high temperatures. It is even very recyclable if it ends up in the right chain. Nevertheless, the incineration of PVC releases toxic fumes. As a result, ecological alternatives such as (r)PETG, enviCARD or BIO-PVC are used nowadays. Alternative materials such as PC or Polyxtreme are often used with high-end projects with high demands for wear resistance.
PETG is one of the most environmental friendly materials that we offer. PETG, short for Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol, is perfectly printable, flexible and laminatable. The material is very compatible different types of inks and adhesives. Furthermore, PETG is 100% recyclable. Unlike PVC, no toxins are released when incinerated. PETG is also fully compliant with ISO7810 and all other international demands.
BIOPVC is fully biodegradable if it ends up in a compost environment. The card breaks down organically over a period of 9 months to 5 years. This is due to an enzyme that has been added to the plastic. These cards have the same lifespan and durability as regular PVC-cards.
enviCARD is an environmental friendly alternative to PVC-cards. We offer two types: enviCARD85 and enviCARD100. In both types, the core consists of 80% chalk and 20% of water based coatings and PET. The difference between the two is that the overlay of the enviCARD85 consists of PVC while the overlay of enviCARD100 consists of PETG. Thus we can offer a solution that is both ecologically and economically justified.