The human impact on planet Earth and environmental protection have always been important topics that raise a lot of attention. Have you ever wondered what your personal finances and ecological decisions have in common? The truth is that how you use your money can strongly impact nature’s future. And sustainability trends are influenced not only by big companies but also by individual users, too.
A small and yet a key step towards a greener world is using a digital wallet, which significantly reduces harmful emissions. If you’re curious to find out how you contribute to protecting the environment thanks to mobile payments and rational shopping, wait to read more in the following lines.
Mobile payments reduce carbon dioxide emissions
There are quite a few reasons for this – from printing money to producing physical debit or credit cards. These processes are harmful to the environment to a great extent due to the CO2 emissions that are given off. Whether you’re paying online or at a physical POS terminal with your phone or watch, such transactions don’t require cash and take only a few seconds.
Moreover, you can limit your use of a physical card thanks to iCard’s virtual debit cards – you can pay online for every purchase, service, or subscription easily and securely without the need of an actual plastic one. They also have their own unique 16-digit PAN number, CVC code, cardholder name, and validity. The CO2 emissions from producing PVC cards are significantly reduced when using virtual cards.
The cards themselves are considered a polluter, too. Users often throw them away after their validity has expired without recycling them. And you still need a physical debit/credit card – contactless payments aren’t available in many places, so cash withdrawal is inevitable. The good news is that banking institutions continue adopting more and more recycling practices so that you can continue the cards’ life cycle.
How are you and iCard contributing to a better environment together?
The digital wallet itself is an excellent approach to preserving nature, and iCard has one more special way that supports your decision to become part of planet Earth’s green future:
- Donations – one of the various options to contribute to charities is thanks to our partnership with WWF Bulgaria, which unites our mutual efforts to restore the Earth’s natural resources. You can choose the amount you want to donate and the type of donation – one-time or recurring. You can also round up your card payments – your change will go to WWF Bulgaria’s account.
Managing your finances encourages you to take ecological decisions
Having control over your money can help you find out where and how to cut your expenses easily. Besides saving for what’s most important to you, you can lead your money towards good causes, initiatives, products, or services that offer sustainable solutions for a greener future.
Recycling is the most common way to preserve nature. If your expenses usually come from buying clothes, especially from the ‘fast fashion’ industry, then you can easily cut them. Shopping at second-hand stores has become trendier, and reselling or giving away your old clothes is eco-friendly as their life cycle continues. This method will limit the need to produce new items. And every sale you generate can be easily managed with iCard Digital Wallet – you receive bank or card transfers, and those from other users you get just by your phone number in seconds.
Another way to cut your expenses is by changing your mobility within your city. Public transportation isn’t eco-friendly only due to its electricity ‘fuel’, but it also reduces the production of paper tickets. Its modernisation is an essential step towards environmental protection. A more common practice in various countries is to validate your journey with your phone or watch, which eliminates the need for a paper ticket and prevents the trees’ cut-offs. iCard Digital Wallet is your public transportation assistant – add any of your iCard Visa cards to your Google Pay™ or Apple Pay, bring your smart device close to the validator, and instantly become part of a greener nature!
Investing in low-energy household appliances reduces the bills
Most appliances at home are now more eco-friendly, and their purchase is thoughtful of nature and the users themselves. Such products can lower your costs significantly. If you’re looking for a way to preserve the environment, choosing low-energy appliances saves you money and invests in your future simultaneously. We also include small consumables such as LED light bulbs in the appliances list.
Living in harmony with nature with the help of digital wallets and new technologies promises to build a better environment. Thanks to iCard, controlling your expenses and saving for your future investments is a piece of cake. You have all the premises to make your life more sustainable and it’s up to you to choose how to manage your greener future.
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