American Express Creates Its First-Ever Card Made From Upcycled Ocean Plastic

American Express is following in the eco-friendly footsteps of IKEA and adidas through its latest partnership with Parley for the Oceans—an organization dedicated to fighting marine plastic pollution.

The brand has set its sights on rolling out its first-ever credit card made from upcycled marine plastic waste.

“American Express is creating a symbol of change and inviting their network to shape a blue future, one based on creativity, collaboration and eco-innovation,� explained Parley for the Oceans’ founder Cyrill Gutsch inside a press release.

The card is currently in prototype phase and scheduled for release sometime in the next 12 months. American Express hopes that the card’s design will help drive more awareness about this global pollution problem and ignite greater efforts to combat the issue worldwide.

“Our oceans play a vital role in our lives, the health of our planet and the health of travel and tourism, which American Express has long supported. It’s important that we raise awareness and do our part to keep our oceans blue,� explained Doug Buckminster, Group President of Global Consumer Services at American Express. “Partnering with Parley is the right next step as we pursue our larger vision of backing our communities and sustaining the planet we share.�

In addition, American Express has announced its dedication to reducing its use of single-use plastic within its operations internationally. This includes obtaining a zero waste certification for its NYC headquarters by 2025.

Learn more about American Express x Parley for the Ocean’s partnership here.

We’re collaborating w/ @parleyxxx to combat marine plastic pollution. Learn abt our plans to introduce an Amex Card made primarily from plastics recovered from the ocean & our journey to reduce single-use plastic globally #AmexLife #KeepItBlue #AmexParley

— American Express (@AmericanExpress) June 7, 2018

[via American Express]


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