Bummer: Your Plastic Cards Make ‘Climate Change’ Worse

How dare you!

How plastic cards contribute to climate change

Plastic cards have become a way of life when we pay for goods and services, but experts say those small plastics contribute to our climate change.

According to GoCardless, 17.2 billion cards were manufactured in 2021. However, in 2025, 20.5 billion cards are projected to be in circulation.

UTRGV Earth and Environmentalist Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Gabler said those plastic cards are mostly made from petroleum.

Most recycling stations will not accept plastic cards, so several millions of them end up in landfills and oceans each year.

Dr. Gabler said when those plastic cards biodegrade they could last anywhere between five and hundreds of years.

Made with oil? I guess all you Warmists have to stop using them, right? If you want to help save the Earth from having a fever

The impact of plastic cards goes beyond the actual card itself.

Gabler said the manufacturing of these cards emits a high number of greenhouse gases, the release of Co2 into the air, and the utilization of fossil fuels.

Gabler is a strong advocate for going with a “greener” alternative to paying. He suggests handling business with cash or even doing everything online.

So, in one case go backwards? Cash? You know, that stuff that was difficult to use since the Chinese coronavirus pandemic started? How many places ask you to pay with card because they didn’t have change? I sat on big bills since the start because of that. I actually killed my card and had to get a new one a year before it expired. I have a bunch of 20’s that I haven’t used. I’ll use them for big ticket items eventually, pay the balance with card.

Cards that tap are good, though, I have another plastic card in my wallet that stops scanning of it in the wallet. You can use a pay app on your phone, except, there are a bunch of different ones, the big being Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. Not everyone takes that. I didn’t do it for my FitBit, because I do not see anyone who takes it. And the scan doesn’t always work.

Gabler told ValleyCentral that linking a plastic card to an online payment method defeats the purpose though because the card still exists, so he suggests connecting an account or routing number instead.

According to Gabler, switching from plastic cards to a greener alternative won’t fix the issue of climate change, but said it’s a good place to start.

So, if it won’t fix it, why bother? How about leaving everyone alone on this, and just pissing off with your whines?

In reality, it is a good point from an environmental point of view, which doesn’t include the climate scam. All those plastic credit and debit cards you use. All the gift cards. I have a ton of Target ones we get as spiffs. Have a ton of Chili’s ones sitting around with less than $10 for having used them already. How about non-refillable Visa/Mastercard cards? What happens with them all? Thrown in the garbage. There should be a better way to recycle them.

Gabler is happy to see greener alternatives emerging, but said the responsibility for change should not just be on the individual person.

“There is no quick fix or magic bullet. This problem is so big and so widespread it is going to take big efforts by people, businesses, and governments to make a significant difference,” added Gabler.

How about minding your own business? Piss off.

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9 Responses to “Bummer: Your Plastic Cards Make ‘Climate Change’ Worse”

  1. There was a commercial several years ago about shoppers going rapidly through some sort of checkout line, paying with their cards, and everything proceeding in an orderly fashion, until everything came to a screeching halt when one guy in the line tried to pay with cash!

    Of course, the government loves them some paying with plastic, because it leaves a record. But here in the hills and hollers of eastern Kentucky you can find a lot of people who love cash, and find businesses — note that that’s plural — which will agree to, if asked, a significant discount for cash.

    Paying with plastic means that the retailer is paying a fee to Visa or whomever issued the card. While some few businesses add that fee to the purchase price if you use a card, many simply increase their prices to cover the cost of the card service, meaning cash payers are being charged more for their business.

    My local propane supplier charges extra for the card, so I pay with a check.

  2. Dana says:

    Our distinguished host wrote:

    How many places ask you to pay with card because they didn’t have change?

    No, it’s not that they don’t have change, it’s that their cashiers are too dumb to be able to accurately make change!

    It was several years ago, a cashier was trying to figure out the change, so I told her what it should be, and she still couldn’t do it! She looked at me and asked me how I knew, and I told her I did the (very simple) math in my head. She was stunned, and said something about her teachers had told her that there’d always be a calculator handy. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    • UnkleC says:

      Dana, your comments take me back to the ’60’s when I did retail. No calculators, no electronic registers, etc., my mentor taught change making by adding pennies to ‘0 or 5’ then nickles, dimes, or quarters to the dollar, and so forth. Once ingrained, it became automatic and still is.
      I too pay most with a card or electronic transfer unless the vendor charges for it, then a check or cash as appropriate.
      I’m waiting to see how the latest payment gimmicks work out. When we have a real winner, then I’ll probably adopt. The turd in the punch-bowl is direct government control of your funds, ah-la Canadian Truckers.

  3. Dana says:

    How long will it be before you are required to have an implanted chip in your arm, to pay with everything that way?

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    The cards are going away anyway as digital means take over.

    We pay online with stored info or with direct payments from a bank account to vendors.

    We cognoscenti/illuminati/elites envisioned a chip in your fingertip but found in the pilot programs that Russians were cutting off fingers to steal the info.

  5. James Lewis says:

    Well, more pollution, fewer hurricanes…

    They have to be right! No GA would lie to us.

    “NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a new study that shows less air pollution is helping to create busier hurricane seasons. NOAA hurricane scientist Hiroyuki Murakami used complex climate models to simulate the atmosphere. He found a link between air pollution particles and the formation of tropical cyclones or storms. They found that an increase in air pollution reduced the number of storms and that making the air cleaner caused more storms. Here’s why that happens.

    Warm ocean water is the fuel that drives tropical storms and hurricanes. When there are less pollution particles in the air, more sunlight reaches the ocean, and it warms faster and greater. When the air is thick with pollution, some of the sun’s energy reflects and doesn’t reach the ocean. This makes for a cooler ocean and less fuel for storms.”


  6. H says:

    In some more technologically advanced countries , such as Finland, virtually everyone uses their phones to pay for almost everything
    Plastic cards are going into obsolescence
    I am surprised that an ex IT guy like Teach hasn’t noticed

    • James Lewis says:

      Comparing what people do in a 5.5 million population country with what people do in a 330 million country is apt to draw conclusions that are incorrect.

  7. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    Eventually everything becomes obsolete. Communism has and yet a few here and the entire democrat party are determined to cling to it like they do the discredited MMGW scenario, the disproven Covid scamdemic and the fact that junta joe who got “81 million votes” has 50% of his Twitter accounts are a fraud.

    I am sure we will be in a implant stage as soon as the democommies can apply the technology to holding power indefinitely or “eliminating” a bunch of non-believers and replacing them with illegals. Until then grooming your children for demented sex and stating men can have babies will have to do.

    We Are The Ultra MAGA’s. Thanks FJB for great nick name.

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