HID access cards made from eco-friendly bamboo can help earn green building certifications

Posted by Johann Nacario — July 28, 2023 — HID, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, has introduced its Seos Bamboo access cards made from sustainably sourced bamboo instead of PVC. The credential is part of HID’s award-winning Seos security solution and is the first in a range of physical access security Eco Cards.

Seos Bamboo access cards from HID Global

Seos Bamboo access cards. Image courtesy of HID Global

The bamboo is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), an assurance that the material comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

Recent market reports, including HID’s State of Security and Identity Report, indicate a majority of organizations rank climate and sustainability as corporate priorities. As a result, they are turning to renewable and eco-friendly materials as much as possible, in addition to reducing energy consumption and waste.

Introducing highly secure access cards made from bamboo — a renewable resource that grows quickly and requires less water and pesticides than traditional card materials — demonstrates HID’s continuous innovation without compromising security and customer experience.

Martin Huddart, senior VP and managing director of Physical Access Control at HID, explains:

Our journey to offer alternative options to plastic cards and badges began 10 years ago with the introduction of HID Mobile Access — a first in the industry. Seos Bamboo offers an additional option for sustainability within the physical access ecosystem, as it supports a more eco-friendly value chain in areas where physical access cards are still required.

Seos Bamboo access cards also support organizations seeking green building certifications, including the internationally accepted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), and the Zero Waste to Landfill certification.