Eco-Friendly Revolution: NFC PLA Card


In recent years, there has been a growing demand for eco-friendly alternatives in various industries. One such innovation is the sustainable NFC card, a contactless smart card that combines the power of NFC technology with recycled material of Polylactic Acid (PLA), Paper or Wood. Let’s learn more about them.


  • What is the PLA?

PLA is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic polymer derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. PLA is often used as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastics, as it is compostable and has a lower carbon footprint.


  • What is NFC PLA Card?

NFC PLA Cards, also known as Near Field Communication (NFC) PLA Cards, refer to plastic cards that incorporate NFC technology and are made from PLA material.

It is equipped with an NFC chip, which allows them to interact with NFC-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart card readers. The cards comply with NFC Forum standards, ensuring interoperability across various NFC devices.

PLA NFC cards are available in standard card sizes, similar to credit or ID cards. Common dimensions include 85.6 mm x 54 mm x 0.84 mm, also supporting customization of other sizes.


  • What are the benefits of NFC PLA Cards?
  1. Environmental advantages: Emphasizing the biodegradability and renewable nature of PLA material.
  2. Reduced carbon footprint: Comparing the eco-impact of PLA NFC cards to traditional PVC cards.
  3. Customizability: Highlighting the ability to customize NFC PLA cards with logos or unique designs.


  • What are the other recommended sustainable cards compared to the PLA card?
  1. NFC Paper Card: The NFC paper card offers a lightweight, easier size and shape customization. However, it is not as flexible, durable or water-resistant as the PLA card, it still provides various design options to match your brand or logo custom.
  2. NFC Wooden Card: For a unique and eco-friendly option, the NFC wooden card stands out. It is thicker and provides a distinct tactile experience. However, similar to the paper card, it is not water-resistant for a long time even if we add a special layer on the surface. One aspect to consider is that it might have limited options for custom designs due to the natural grain and texture of wood. If you appreciate the organic and rustic feel of wood, this card can make a lasting impression.

If you would like to compare three of them, welcome to customize your samples to test.

  • What are the applications and use cases of NFC PLA Cards?

Access Control: NFC PLA cards can be used for secure access control systems as the popular NFC PVC card is done in buildings, offices, and restricted areas, users can simply tap the card on an NFC reader to gain entry.

Contactless Payments: NFC PLA cards can be used for contactless payments, similar to contactless credit or debit cards. By linking the NFC PLA card to a payment account, users can make quick and secure payments by tapping the card on NFC-enabled payment terminals.

Event E-ticketing: NFC PLA cards can be used as event tickets for concerts, conferences, or sporting events. Attendees can tap their cards on dedicated NFC readers at the event entrance for quick and hassle-free admission.

Loyalty Programs: Businesses can issue NFC PLA cards as loyalty cards to their customers. These cards can be tapped on NFC readers at the point of sale to earn and redeem loyalty points, making it more convenient for customers to participate in loyalty programs.

Public Transportation: NFC PLA cards can serve as contactless fare cards for public transportation systems. Commuters can tap their cards on NFC readers at ticket gates or on buses to pay for their fares, facilitating faster boarding and reducing the need for physical tickets.

Social Media: NFC PLA cards can store and transfer business contact information, social media links, website links and access digital advertising when tapped on NFC-enabled devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Smart Home Integration: NFC PLA cards can be integrated into smart home systems. By tapping the card on designated NFC readers, users can trigger specific actions, such as turning on/off lights, adjusting temperature settings, or controlling home appliances.

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