American Express Cards Will Soon Be Made of Recycled Ocean Plastic

June 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm

To help raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, American Express is coming out with a card made almost entirely of plastic waste recovered from the ocean

In a marketing effort to prove they’re focused on more than just green, American Express will now be offering a blue card made almost entirely out of upcycled plastic debris the company is fishing out of the ocean.

With predictions that there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, that is no small task.

While American Express will only recover a fraction of that plastic to make their new cards, it’s the message the move sends to the public that counts.

“Every second breath we take is created by the oceans,” writes Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch, who partnered with Amex on the project.

“Without them, we can’t exist. American Express is creating a symbol of change and inviting their network to shape a blue future.”

“It’s mostly symbolic,” writes environmentalist Lloyd Alter for, who points out that the cards don’t take much plastic to make and last a long time.

“But symbolic moves matter, they add up, and they inspire others.”

But Amex isn’t stopping at symbolism. In a press release, the company said it will also be phasing out plastic straws and coffee stirrers in its corporate offices and airport lounges within 30 days, and all single-use plastics within a year.

The company is also pursuing zero waste certification for its New York City headquarters and all of its data centers are already powered by 100% renewable energy.