At MeetGreen, we have been working diligently to find name badges that don’t require a plastic (vinyl) holder. As part of the “skip single-use plastic” movement, we are “over the holder.”
The name badge holders are made of PVC and our top three reasons for avoiding it are:
- PVC is the least recyclable plastic. (Green Peace, 2003)
- PVC manufacturing produces dioxin, a toxic chemical and potential carcinogen. According to the CDC, “the only level of dioxin exposure that should be considered acceptable from a public health perspective is zero.”
- PVC manufacturing uses plasticizers such as phthalates which are developmental and reproductive toxicants. (AWS)
The chart below shows the energy and emission savings associated with PVC holder production.
|Quantity||Weight (lbs)||Energy Use (kWh)*||Emissions (lbs CO2e)**|
|lbs/badge holder||kWh/lb. PVC||lbs CO2/lb PVC|
** Reference 2
The solutions found in the marketplace, including biodegradable plastic holders, still require energy/water and emit CO2e in production, and simply aren’t biodegradable within a reasonable amount of time. We have tested them all. So, going without, is the next step toward a sustainable name badge.
MeetGreen has found several options for name badges which will last up to a week of event activities without smearing, smudging, or rumpling. Ask us for more information on providing your attendees with a sustainable option.