ANA-U GmbH delivers on its promise to deliver real “BIO” cards

20 years ago "bio" was the thing. The idea was not new. Environmental protection had long been an issue, but for the first time the desire to make the world "cleaner" hits the interest of a broad social class . This boom was triggered not least by the serious environmental catastrophes of the 1980s, which reached every living room with powerful images for the first time. Since then, Chernobyl and Exxon Valdez have not only been names. They stood and stand for the awareness that not every human error can be reversed. The wish of many people to be able to contribute something to protect the environment was huge. And if many people wanting something, a market naturally emerges.

20 years ago "plastic" was pilloried in society for the first time. Even though 10 years earlier the "jute instead of plastic" movement demanded a more conscious life, for the first time, manufacturers thought about alternatives for the growing demand. Certifications and seals of approval sprang up to announce, that everyone could make a contribution to environmental protection if they are going to choose the organic product. BIO was the new magic word, but it lost is good reputation because of numerous scandals and label fraud.

It has been 20 years since card manufacturers more or less thought about the sustainability and environmental compatibility of their products. We're talking about 6 billion PVC cards a year being put into circulation. Just a fraction of them, have a service life which is close to the durability. At the beginning, there was no technical possibility to adapt the service life to the durability. Years later the Thermo-Rewrite technology made it possible, to close this gap. But even this progress did not solve the problem completely.


When we speak of bio cards today, very few people know what is meant by it. In other words, what is "bio" exactly and how much "bio" is in it? At the beginning of the bio card revolution it was clear for ANA-U Gmbh that the big challenge would be to develop a product that corresponds to what customers actually want: 100% degradability of 100% renewable raw materials. By definition even small amounts of degradable organic substances are sufficient to qualify a card as a bio card (already 4 % are enough). And biopolymers, i.e. substances based on crude oil that can be degraded more quickly, can be pleased about the predicate "bio", even though we know today, that ultimately the highly problematic micro plastic arises from their decay process



In cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, ANA-U GmbH has succeeded in taking an innovative step that actually meets the requirements of consumers. In contrast to other suppliers, ANA-U GmbH exclusively produces bio cards out of 100% renewable raw materials that can be 100% degraded. With a operating life of 10 years. The patented production technology made it possible to develop a card that differs from conventional PVC cards neither in use nor in functionality. Even the costs could be reduced to such an extent, that this bio card represents a real alternative to conventional PVC cards. The Thermo Rewrite technology for PVC cards and the 100 % bio cards made by ANA-U GmbH are providing real solutions for the demand-oriented use of card systems: environment-friendly solutions that deliver what they promise.


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