Submitted: The Two Sides Team September 7, 2012
Whole Foods Market is now offering more eco-friendly gift cards, eliminating plastic cards in lieu of two formats – one made of paper and the other of responsibly-harvested wood.
September 6 2012
Green Retail Decisions
Whole Foods Market is now offering more eco-friendly gift cards, eliminating plastic cards in lieu of two formats one made of paper and the other of responsibly-harvested wood.
These greener options will replace the natural and organic grocers 100 percent recycled plastic cards, which will still be accepted but phased out over time.
The new paper cards are 50 percent post-consumer waste. Both the paper and wood gift cards are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and have a lower carbon footprint, are reusable, recyclable, compostable and require less energy to be produced.
We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and further our green mission efforts. Moving away from plastic gift cards is one way we can help make a difference, said Chris Jensen, gift card team leader for Whole Foods Market. We want to make gift giving not only as simple as possible but also environmentally friendly.
The grocer will continue to recycle gift cards both from Whole Foods Market and other retailers at its stores. To date, more than 265,000 plastic gift cards have been recycled and kept out of landfills.
Another green gift giving option is using e-gift cards that can be purchased at wholefoodsmarket.com/shop. The re-loadable gift cards can be accessed through a smart phone.