Old/used plastic cards? Turn them into jewellery

We were having a discussion in the office the other day about ways to re-use or recycle old plastic cards. What do you do with your gift card for example, when you’ve redeemed it? Or your old loyalty card when you get a new one?

Some plastic cards are made from environmentally friendly plastic, so they will break down after a few years. The plastic we use in our cards is recyclable, but you’ll need to check locally to see if your area supports it.

Resin jewellery from plastic cards
Who’d have thought a plastic card would make a great bracelet?

Here are some other ways you could make use of them:

–  Use them as ice-scrapers. Brilliant for the job, and you’ve always got one on you

– Give them to young kids to put in their purses and play pretend ‘shop’ with

– Put them in the toolbox for the next DIY job, they’re perfect for smoothing on Polyfilla or scraping jobs

– Put them in the bakery drawer. They’re great for scraping up biscuit dough or pastry

– Get crafty – punch them, glue them and create a mobile: the weirder the better.

What we really want to do with them though is turn them into jewellery like Kim Baldwin of Life Accessories in the US. She creates funky bracelets and necklaces by recycling gift and loyalty cards, and creates some really unique pieces. They’re really affordable too.

If anyone is doing the same thing over here in the UK let us know, we have a few spare cards we could send you!

If you’re interested in printing your next run of plastic cards on biodegradable plastic, please get in touch. We also stock blank ultra white biodegradable cards for your own card printing – 100 for £12.64.