Cotton On has chosen Thames Technology to produce and distribute its gift cards globally using environmentally friendly paperboard that is 100% biodegradable, without compromising on a premium look and feel.

“We’re delighted to have been selected by one of the largest retailers in Australia to produce and supply gift cards using our sustainable card material,” Paragon ID, Thames Technology parent company, regional general manager for Asia Pacific, Steve Andrinos said.

“We look forward to working closely with the Cotton On team to start the process of producing and distributing the gift cards to the various stores globally. We recognise a growing trend in the use of ‘green’ materials and Thames Technology with its proven and certified environmental credentials is an industry leader in reducing their carbon footprint.”

Cotton On is one of the first Australian retailers to move their entire gift card range to be made from sustainable paperboard, fully replacing traditional PVC card materials, and reducing its impact on the environment.

All paperboard used to produce the new gift cards will be responsibly manufactured by one of the world’s most environmentally friendly papermills. It is certified to ISO14001 environmental management standards and powered by bio energy so that no fossil fuels are used in the making of the premium paperboard.

With over 1,500 stores in 18 countries worldwide, Cotton On is one of Australia’s largest global brands. The worldwide deal will see Thames Technology distributing gift cards to their stores across several countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Brazil, Namibia, and Botswana.