American Express is launching credit cards made with plastic recovered from the oceans

Several large organizations have off late vowed to end the use of single plastics from their operations. Another name to now join the eco-friendly bandwagon is AMEX, that recently announced its decision to reduce the use of plastics within its airport lounges and card manufacturing processes by partnering with Parley (an organization that is actively fighting against marine pollution).

Following into Parley’s ideology of “AIR” – avoid, intercept, redesign, American express plans to roll out a serious of methods to decrease virgin plastic usage. One such move by the marquee will include the manufacturing of credit cards using bulk plastics recovered from oceans. The newly created AMEX card is currently in prototype stage and is expected to be publicly available by early next year. The organization further plans to battle plastic consumption by banning non-reusable plastic straws and coffee stirrers in all of its major offices and Centurion airport lounges globally in the next 30 days, and by removing any single-use plastic in airport lounges by the end of the year.

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American Express has also achieved decreased carbon emissions by close to 50 percent since 2011, and is known for a very active use of renewable energy in its overall operations. As rightly stated by Douglas Buckminster, group president of global consumer services at American Express, “Our oceans play a vital role in our lives, the health of our planet and the health of travel and tourism…It’s important that we raise awareness and do our part to keep our oceans blue.” Here’s hoping that corporations around the world follow into AMEX’s footsteps soon!

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