Whatever your business, photo ID cards are likely to play an essential role in your day-to-day office life. Required for identifying staff, ensuring all visitors on site have authorised admission, as well as granting access to certain areas for specific individuals, photo ID cards are used throughout a working day more than you may realise.

Having your own in-house ID card printing system not only speeds up the process from designing the card to holding the finished product, but can also prove to be a more economical way of providing your business with the ID cards it needs.

Digital ID, the UK’s largest ID card printing service have revolutionised the future of photo ID cards for 2019 by introducing a new range of eco-friendly ID card products. As an organisation that distributed over five million plastic cardholders and circa of one million PVC cards in 2018, it was only right to switch their product range to a biodegradable option.

Once the holder or card is no longer required, the user can place it into their recycling bin. Oxo-biodegradable will let air into the plastic, which breaks down the carbon bonds in the polymer chain – until chemically, it’s no longer plastic. It’s microbe food that will dissolve into nothing but water, biomass and carbon dioxide. No toxic residue. No guilty conscience.

Digital ID believe that making this small change will not only give organisations an environmentally friendly ID card printing option, but also help them market their business as eco-friendly and promote good practice to employees, visitors and customers.

Why You Should Go Eco With Your Photo ID Card System

Now that you understand the importance of photo ID cards, the primary benefits of having your own in-house printing system and the eco-friendly options available, let’s find out more about the environmental impacts of your ID cards.

According to statistics released by SAS, around 8 million pieces of plastic find their way into the oceans every single day. In 2016, the global population of 7 billion had produced 320 million tons of plastic, a figure that is set to double by 2034.

We’re all being encouraged to do our bit to help reduce the amount of non-renewable disposable plastic we’re using in an attempt to help save the planet, and ID cards are one of the many ways we can help minimise the amount of damaging plastic we’re using.

Standard plastic ID cards are made from non-renewable PVC materials, which cause environmental damage during manufacturing and disposal, and although these cards are durable and hard-wearing, they refuse to breakdown over time. There are eco alternatives that are just as effective at doing their job and are kinder to the environment too.

By switching to biodegradable ID cards you’ll be helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Eco cards are just as cost-effective as regular PVC cards, but are made from either biodegradable materials or recycled materials, which breakdown a lot quicker once disposed off.

How to Start Your Eco-Friendly Photo ID Card System

So, you’ve decided to take a step in the right direction and switch to more environmentally friendly ID cards, but how do you get this system in place?

You can start by purchasing a system bought from suppliers like Digital ID to print your ID cards in-house. You’ll then need to swap your standard blank PVC cards for a biodegradable card of the same size. Most ID card printers can print on eco cards in the same way, so you needn’t worry about the results differing.

When it comes to choosing your printer and eco-cards, it is vital to do your research into the brand and weigh up the pros and cons of all the products you’re looking to purchase to help you make an informed choice. And, as the environment will be at the forefront of your decision making, the Magicard 300 ID card printer would be a good option to consider. In an attempt to encourage businesses to be more environmentally aware with their printing systems, Magicard will be planting a tree every time one of the Magicard 300 printers is purchased through their reseller network.

If printing in-house isn’t a feasible option for your business and you want to outsource, then choosing a company that uses biodegradable materials is the best way to ensure you’re still considering the environment in your card printing process.

Taking Your Eco ID Cards One Step Further

PVC plastic ID cards aren’t the only non-environmentally friendly component of the ID card system. Lanyards and badge holders are a problem too.

Plastic badge holders, in particular, are made from thick, robust plastic to ensure stability and longevity; and although they provide you with a quality product, these badge holders struggle to breakdown after disposal. So if you want to take your eco-friendly ID card system one step further, switching to BioBadge cardholders is an ideal option alongside pairing your holder with a bamboo lanyard for the ultimate eco-friendly ID card set up.

Getting Your Staff Onboard

You’re likely to have staff who are naturally keen to get onboard with your eco-friendly changes, while there may be others who are a little more resistant. Here’s how you can help get your staff eager about helping the environment with your new ID card system:

By Providing Knowledge On The Environmental Impacts of ID Cards – Education is always the best way to get people on board with changes, so providing your staff with knowledge about the environmental impacts of their old ID cards, badge holders and lanyards, as well as explaining the positive environmental impact of their new products, will get your staff enthusiastic and interested in these new changes

Spreading the Word About Your Eco-Friendly Changes

While switching to an eco-friendly ID card system is something you may choose to do as a business for the benefit of the environment, it can also be used to your business’ advantage to attract eco-conscious clientele.

Here are three ways you can spread the word on the changes you’re making to ensure your customers, the press and the media are aware of what you’re doing:

•    Social media posts on relevant sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

•    Email campaigns/press release to customers and media contacts

•    Imagery on the website homepage/blog post on the business website

So, by switching to an eco-friendly photo ID card system, you could help reduce your business’ carbon footprint, help reduce the amount of non-biodegradable plastic being used and be recognised as an eco-friendly brand.

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