In 2021, NatWest took the decision to switch to a new supplier, IDEMIA, for its commercial credit and charge cards. Amongst other benefits, the new partnership allows NatWest to migrate the production of its commercial credit and charge cards to rPVC cards. The rPVC material used for these cards is recycled from industrial waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
In addition to moving to rPVC plastic, NatWest also agreed with its supplier to convert to flat printing of the card details onto its cards, substituting the current silver of the embossed elements, which had shown to rub off too easily, resulting in customers requesting a new card – and as such contributing to unnecessary waste. The flat printing of the new cards will be considerably more resistant to natural wear and tear.
To support customers who are partially sighted or blind, NatWest is also introducing “bite and braille” onto all its commercial credit and charge cards.
While the first cards of this new generation of environmentally friendly cards are out now, NatWest is planning to move its commercial customers to rPVC cards when these cards need replacing to avoid generating a wholesale waste of cards that are still usable.