At the end of 2020, Polish consumers had nearly 44 million payment cards. This number is growing rapidly year over year*. This means that we now use around 215 tonnes of plastic which will sooner or later turn into waste. These data show how important it is for card issuers to limit the use of plastic.
The pillar of the Responsible Banking strategy pursued by Santander Bank Polska is to be a “green bank”. To this end, the Bank has undertaken to limit its environmental footprint and adopted a plan to reduce and discontinue the use of plastic. According to this plan, by the end of 2021 single-use plastic will be phased out in all countries in which Santander Group operates. Santander Bank Polska already eliminated single-use plastic and plastic bottles in 2020. The next step is to reduce the use of plastic in external operations. Therefore, at the beginning of July, Santander Bank Polska is launching Visa cards made in 85% of upcycled plastic. Starting from September 2021, the Bank’s customers will also be offered eco-friendly Mastercard cards