With the development of the economy and the improvement of people’s living standards, people’s demands for gifts and commodities are becoming higher and higher. The model of traditional gift can no longer meet people’s personalized needs. Gift cards have emerged on the basis of this, helping people solve the troublesome problem of gifts giving.
What is a gift card?
A gift card is a voucher or prepaid card issued by a merchant within a specified merchant and time period. Usually used for employee benefits, business gifts, holiday gifts, etc. Depends on the system, there are two kind of gift card, the mag-stripe card or RFID Card.
Advantages of gift cards
The cost of gift cards is low, even if the sales volume is not good, the loss of the merchant will not be too great. At the same time, it also solves the problem of difficulty in giving gifts to gift givers, and will not bother to choose gifts. Gift cards save some unnecessary costs and have become more and more popular. Reciprocal gift cards have become a fast, simple fashion lifestyle.
Disadvantages of gift cards
What should I do after these gift cards are used up? It doesn’t seem to matter where you throw it, but the vinyl (PVC, a plastic resin) contained in the gift card will accumulate because the PVC material is difficult to degrade. Gift cards originated in the United States. Americans have a great demand for gift cards, and there may be many PVC materials that are not handled properly every year. In addition, PVC can be recycled indefinitely, and biodegradable gift cards have appeared, so the task of handling old cards becomes very important.
Degradable gift card
With the advancement of technology and the improvement of people’s awareness of environmental protection, biodegradable gift cards have appeared. This product will replace PVC plastic cards. For example, pulp cards and corn cards. They can decompose on their own under certain conditions, which eases the pressure on handling gift cards.
Let’s take a look at how to deal with gift cards.
The recycling measures of gift card
It’s not just gift cards that use PVC. For example, the hotel room key is made of PVC material. The room card is returned when the last hotel customer checks out. After the hotel reception desk is reset, it can be used by the next guest, which avoids excessive waste.
Some retailers have begun to adopt electronic gift card measures. People nowadays carry their mobile phones almost anytime and anywhere, and there is something in them that they need. People don’t have to carry a lot of cards everywhere. So some retailers changed their strategy so that people can exchange through the Internet. At the same time, this avoids the loss of gift cards and saves raw materials. This method is good, it does not cause unnecessary garbage, but also saves costs.
Some retailers use a point system. Consumers can choose to load a shopping card and transfer the same gift card to the person you want to give a gift. Through recycling, the pollution of PVC materials is effectively avoided.
Not only that, there are many other ways of recycling, which help us to prevent gift cards from becoming a disposable consumer product.