Eco-business / Social Venture

April 9, 2011


Toppan Printing Develops Recyclable Paper-Based IC Card

Keywords: Eco-business / Social Venture Non-manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 

JFS/Toppan Printing Develops Recyclable Paper-Based IC Card
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A paper-based IC card developed by Toppan Printing Co. and Nippon Engineering Co. in 2009 is showing further advancements.

The card, developed as an eco-friendly product to reduce environment impact, comes in two types: a contact type IC card called KAMICARD and a contactless IC card called RFID-KAMICARD. The KAMICARD is made of 100-percent natural material, mainly pulp, and biodegrades when buried in the soil for a certain period of time.

The contactless RFID-KAMICARD consists of a 100-percent pulp base, metal, and an IC chip (silicon material). After complete separation and collection of component materials, cards made from high-quality paper base can be recycled into toilet paper and those with a kraft paper base can be recycled into cardboard. Toppan Printing has also established a "recycle loop," a process for reusing and recycling these products.

The company also announced on December 13, 2010, the development of a trial product for "TANE-KAMICARD," a 100-percent biodegradable "KAMICARD(R)" with plant seeds in it. By embedding plant seeds into disposable cards or the disposable part of certain cards, the company offers card users the ability to grow plants by planting them in soil. The card was displayed and received considerable attention at the "Eco-Products 2010 Exhibition" held in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2010.

Posted: 2011/04/09 06:00:15 AM



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