It's all about the environment!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gemalto's suite of green banking tools is built on four key pillars: dematerialization, alternative materials, green factory and end of life.


Our range of services helps reduce the paper consumption associated with delivering and activating cards, sharing information with cardholders and providing issuers with reporting solutions.

The card carrier compiler tool enables you to manage advanced carrier design and implement frequent online content updates and so scale back the number of leaflets you need to bundle with a card. We also offer PIN by SMS. This innovative and secure solution for delivering PINs and PIN reminders via text messages means you can cut both mailout print runs and postage costs. Our Gemalto Ca​rd Companion application links payment cards with smartphones to make it easy for you to contact cardholders whenever you want, without using paper. And our Secure Transactions web portal and electronic invoicing lets you monitor personalization and dematerialization processes in real-time and gradually reduce your need for paper reports.

Alternative materials

Bio-Sourced Card

​Our MasterCard and Visa-approved bio-sourced bank card is made from poly lactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute. Using renewable sources such as corn, it can be recycled back to its initial resin over and over again without loss of quality. It is non-petroleum based and non-toxic if incinerated.

PLA is compatible with magstripe, contact and dual interface card technologies. Gemalto is currently the only company providing this kind of card body technology for banking cards.

A complete range of eco-friendly packaging is also available, enabling smart delivery of your banking cards while reducing your impact on the environment.

Green factory: sourcing from a green supplier

Gemalto's global environmental policy aims to manage our overall environmental impact. So not only do we ensure eco-friendly delivery of our products, we also embrace green manufacturing practices – as the ISO 14001 certifications of all our major sites testify.
We also promote eco-design at every stage, from product conception to re-engineering. This covers the product's environmental impact such as resource consumption and emissions during manufacturing to waste and end-of-life disposal. Our goal is to minimize environmental impact without compromising on quality.
In addition Gemalto offers all its customers a “carbon offset” solution to compensate greenhouse gas emissions generated by card production. This provides financial support to energy-saving and renewable energy programs that generate “carbon credits”.

End-of-Life Management

Our role is to facilitate your end-of-life product management by acting as an intermediary between our clients and partner recycling companies. This ensures you have buy-in to a total green strategy, and enables you to save resources by recycling valuable metals and plastics.

With increased consumer expectations regarding environment initiatives, Gemalto can offer a complete set of tools to build a consistent green package that goes beyond empty environmental claims.


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