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Nation's First Hotel Wood Card Makes Its Debut

First it was a key, then a plastic card and now it's a wood card

eTN  Aug 19, 2008

BOULDER, CO (August 19, 2008) - Sustainable Cards, producer of the United States' first wood hotel key card, today announced that their eco-friendly cards will debut in Denver hotels during the Democratic National Convention. Sustainable Cards has partnered with their manufacturer, CPI Card Group, to donate more than 70,000 biodegradable cards in a ground-breaking effort to reduce the waste and negative environmental impact created by traditional plastic key cards.

The Sustainable Cards are emblazoned with the Denver 2008 Host Committee logo and made from sustainably harvested wood, making them a coveted souvenir of the historic event. The cards will serve to reinforce efforts to make this year's Convention the most eco-friendly ever.

Used for nearly a decade in Europe, wooden key cards have proven to be equally durable to the traditional plastic key card, but, unlike plastic, wood is a renewable and biodegradable resource. By switching plastic cards to biodegradable wood, hotels and resorts can reduce plastic waste by 1,300 tons annually - the amount of plastic waste that traditional hotel key cards generate in the US alone. The weight and density of this waste is equal to the volume of seven 777 airplanes.

"We've reached a point where consumers no longer want to frequent hotels and resorts that aren't embracing green business practices," said Greg Hartmann, president and CEO of Sustainable Cards. "Our mission is to reduce non-biodegradable card waste to zero during the convention and throughout the year by encouraging the use of our eco-friendly wood cards in every hotel in America."

The Democratic National Convention 2008 will be held August 25-28, 2008 at the Pepsi Center. An anticipated 35,000 hotel guests will use wood Sustainable Cards for the first time in the US.

First it was a key, then a plastic card and now it's a wood card

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