Published On: April 10, 2024Categories: BlogBy



In the wake of growing environmental concerns, businesses and organisations are increasingly seeking sustainable alternatives for their operations. In the first of our sustainable materials series, we review what is possible with paper-based accreditation badges.

One area where a significant impact can be made is in the production of paper accreditation badges. By opting for eco-friendly materials and processes, companies can significantly reduce their carbon footprint while still providing high-quality solutions.

This post explores how, paper stock certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) UK, water-based glues, recycled holograms and recycled plastic wallets can ensure accreditation badge printing can be sustainable.  



Sustainable Certified Paper  

When it comes to the paper components of accreditation badges, sourcing from a provider with a recognised sustainable certificate, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) UK certification, is a guarantee of sustainability. The FSC certification ensure that the paper is produced from forests that are managed responsibly, supporting biodiversity, conservation, and regeneration efforts. By using sustainable paper, organisations contribute to the protection of natural habitats and the promotion of ethical forestry practices. Moreover, this approach supports local and global communities dependent on forestry for their livelihoods, making it a socially responsible choice as well. 

Water-Based Glue: Ensuring Easy Recycling 

Traditional adhesives can complicate the recycling process, often requiring additional steps to separate materials or rendering some components non-recyclable. Water-based glues offer an eco-friendly alternative. These adhesives are not only effective but also designed to break down easily during the recycling process. This simplicity ensures that the materials used in accreditation badges can be efficiently recycled, reducing waste and energy consumption. Water-based glues also have the added benefit of being less toxic, improving safety for workers involved in the manufacturing process. 

Recycled Holograms: Secure and Sustainable 

Security features, such as holograms, enhance the authenticity of accreditation badges. Innovatively, these holograms can now be produced using recycled materials. This approach not only maintains the integrity and security of the badges but also aligns with environmental sustainability goals. By integrating recycled holograms, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to innovation and sustainability simultaneously. 

Recycled Plastic Wallets: A Second Life for Plastics 

The plastic problem is one of the most pressing environmental issues we face today. However, by using recycled plastic wallets for accreditation badges, we can give a second life to this versatile material. These wallets are made from previously used plastic items, which are collected, cleaned, and processed into new products. Not only does this reduce the demand for virgin plastic, but it also keeps waste out of landfills and oceans. Furthermore, ensuring that these plastic wallets are recyclable at the end of their life cycle extends their sustainability, enabling them to be reprocessed into new products and continuing the cycle of reuse.    

The move towards sustainable practices in accreditation badge printing is not just a trend but a necessary shift in response to global environmental challenges. By choosing recycled plastic wallets, FSC-certified paper, water-based glues, recycled holograms, and recycled plastic wallets, organisations can significantly reduce their environmental impact. This approach not only contributes to the preservation of natural resources and reduction of waste but also aligns with the growing consumer demand for eco-friendly products. As we continue to seek sustainable solutions, the choices made in seemingly small areas like badge printing can have a profound impact on our planet’s health and our collective future. 

Time to talk?

Get in touch if you are interested in talking all things accreditation –

Want the latest news straight to your inbox?