Posted by William Charles on September 16, 2019
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Published on September 16th, 2019 | by William Charles

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American Express Partners With Parley For Recycled Plastic Green Cards As Part Of Product Refresh

American Express has partnered with Parley and will offer the ‘first ever’ card made from primarily reclaimed plastic. This reclaimed plastic card will be available to consumer and business green card holders and looks like it’s part of the bigger rumored green refresh. In addition American Express will begin offering a card recycling program in 2020 where can members can send in expired and non working cards to ensure they get recycled properly. The last part of this announcement is that today through September 23rd consumers can go to @AmericanExpress or @parley.tv on instagram and explain explain why they #BackOurOceans or tag friends, for each comment they will remove 2 lbs of plastic from the beaches and coasts up to 1 million lbs.

I’m not sure exactly how American Express is claiming that this is the first ever card made from reclaimed plastic, as I’ve definitely seen other companies do this before. It seems a bit unusual to make this out to be such a dramatic and useful change and then to only do it on one card, rather than the full line up. I’m also not sure how useful the recycling program is given that it would involve shipping the card back to American Express. I guess it’s good to see card issuers doing something, but reducing things like unwanted mailers might be a better direction than this sort of thing.



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RobbTPC
RobbTPC

The card looks nice.

Steve

Is there any way to get a plastic card to replace my metal Business Gold card?

Lrdx
Lrdx

Yes. Ask AmEx to send one.

Rob
Rob

Do you know if it’s possible to get a plastic AMEX Platinum? I tried last time I called, but the rep said they’re not available.

Steve

Have you actually received a plastic Business Gold card (or know of someone who has)? When I chatted with Amex they told me it isn’t possible.

David
David

Is that so you can shred it afterward, or so that it doesn’t jam in automated card readers?

Steve

Mainly I just don’t like the heavier card in my wallet/pocket. And the occasional card reader where a metal card doesn’t work.

I don’t see any real benefit to the metal card, only downsides. Maybe metal is more durable, but I’ve never had a card get too worn out that it needs to be replaced.

Cinnabar
Cinnabar

The main benefit is to keep the plebs in their place. Excuse me…metal card here!

Sam
Sam

yea the metal cards are too much of a gimmick, nice way to cut your wallet or your phone screen too.

Charles Mann
Charles Mann

When I recently cancelled mine, I couldn’t cut it with a scissors! Had to go find some tin snips.

Frugal Nellie, aka Lela
Frugal Nellie, aka Lela

Advertising and corporate branding like this helps move social lemming behavior. I appreciate or am hopeful for small ripple effects this may have on less conscious “follower” members of our race. And, it looks pretty. That has more effect than we often realize. Think of the rose gold iPhones.

…at first I read “partners with Parsley”

Matt
Matt

I have no idea what to make of this comment of yours. You seemingly insinuate that you are superior most of the human race… and then immediately talk about how pretty it looks and admit that you have horrible reading comprehension, lol.

Such a strange comment. But if being strange was the intent of your comment, you have definitely succeeded. Well done.

pesets
pesets

Recycled Green Cards? Is USCIS aware of this initiative?

DontbecheapIHG
DontbecheapIHG

Companies need to stop bs programs to appeal to SJWs the pollution involved moving them back and forth likely cancels out any benefits for recycling such a small piece of plastic, in addition the “recycling” process takes huge amounts of energy from a to b

HmoobMikah2
HmoobMikah2

I see you have watched Penn and Teller’s show Bullsh!t too huh?

MPE
MPE

very cool that this is what you choose to be upset about online! congratulations!

The mang
The mang

You had me at “SJW” part 🤣

But tbh, best thing we can do is lower our consumption & consumerism

ADP
ADP

I don’t think we should expect 4x gas on this card given it’s positive eco-message.

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

*Amex suddenly reevaluates plans*

Zach
Zach

One day plastic cards will be the new metal

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

So the card is gonna even bonus points on mass transit, thrift stores, vegan restaurants, farmers markets, and paper straws?

RoamingRedPanda
RoamingRedPanda

Make it bamboo straws and it’s a keeper.

Frank

Nice, I’ll throw out my current plastic green card so I can be environmentally conscious with a recycled green one

Ben Gu
Ben Gu

Haha good one

Matt
Matt

You’ll have to get rid of your current card eventually, right? It has an expiration date on it, does it not?

Van
Van

Not if you’ve seen this before but they have a teaser for the card update now https://www.americanexpress.com/us/campaigns/green-from-amex/

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