PLA is non-toxic, and is often used in food handling and medical implants that biodegrade within the body over time. PLA is also industrially compostable, typically breaking down in industrial conditions within 6 months, can be safely incinerated and will not release chemicals if discarded in a landfill. PLA cards are as strong and durable as PVC cards, but are far less harmful to the environment as they degrade much faster than any other petroleum-based plastics and do not produce microplastics.
Producing PLA uses 65% less energy than producing conventional plastics, according to an independent analysis commissioned by Nature-Works. The manufacturing process also generates 68% fewer greenhouse gases and PLA contains no toxins.
When the card needs to be disposed of, all you need to do is cut the card up through the chip and your personal details to ensure secure disposal in your normal waste. PLA cards will degrade up to 20 times faster than conventional PVC in land fill, and adds no chemicals to the soil as they degrade. Even when incinerated, the card does not emit any hazardous or toxic gases leaving only ashes.
Gateway Bank has carefully developed these cards with our partners to ensure they function just as well as a normal PVC card. These cards have been certified by Visa and Mastercard ensuring they meet all necessary scheme requirements. The Eco Card has also been certified by an external lab for a minimum of 5 years life time under normal usage conditions. The Eco Debit Card is just one of several products from Gateway Bank that is better for the planet. For more information about PLA and our Eco Card, see our Gateway Eco Card Fact Sheet.
Apply for your Eco Card today
The Visa Eco Debit Card can be used by Gateway Members when linked to a Gateway Everyday Savings Account, Edge Account or if you are using an 100% Loan Offset Account with your Gateway Home Loan. Becoming a Gateway Member is easy – when opening your account, you apply for one $2 share of Gateway, and if you wish to cease banking with Gateway and rescind your membership, your $2 share is refunded.
To apply for your Gateway Visa Eco Debit Card, simply open an Edge account online. This can be done in less than 5 minutes, and all you need is two of an Australian Driver’s Licence, Australian Passport or Medicare card.
Alternatively, you can call our team on 1300 302 474 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm AEST) to open your account. You can elect to have your Visa Debit Card linked to an Everyday Savings Account, Edge Account or a 100% Loan Offset Account.