Is It More Eco-Friendly to Pay With a Credit Card?

Is It More Eco-Friendly to Pay With a Credit Card?

If you're working on reducing your carbon footprint, it's important to look at your finances. No, we don't mean your bank account balance, but rather the ways in which you spend money on a daily basis. Paying with a card, it seems, is a more eco-friendly choice than paying with cash.

Benefits of Paying with Plastic

Although you may think of dollar bills as being made from paper, they are actually made from cotton blend. Yes, this cotton is a natural material that will eventually break down, however, it's the production process that's concerning. Thousands of pounds of pesticides and fertilizers must be used to grow the cotton to make paper money. Toxic chemicals are used to refine the fibers for producing paper money, and the overall production process is both water and energy intensive. Both the DC and Texas printing facilities have been classified as large quantity generators of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Think of the impact that all of these pollutants have on the environment. The fewer times a bill exchanges hands, the longer it will stay in circulation and the fewer bills will need to be made as replacements.

Minting coins is also environmentally taxing. Not only are soils disrupted while mining for the metals, but pollutants are released as the metals are refined and shaped into coins, too. Carrying around one credit or debit card, which you can use again and again, is a good way of reducing your carbon footprint because you'll be contributing to a reduction in money production.

Biodegradable Cards

While even plastic credit cards are a better choice than buying with cash, you can take it even one step further. Sustain:Green offers a unique biodegradable credit card, which break down naturally when you are finished using it. By signing up, you'll be reducing coin and paper money production, and not creating even any lingering waste in the process. Sustain:Green also replants rainforests, reducing your carbon footprint with every dollar you spend.

Other Green Financial Habits

In addition to using a biodegradable credit card instead of cash, there are other ways of reducing your carbon footprint through finances. Say "no" to receipts when you don't need them. Receive your bills electronically rather than on paper, and invest in companies that are fighting for climate change.

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