Dominican Republic-based Banco Popular Dominicano has selected digital security company Gemalto for bio-sourced Optelio EMV bank card.

The green banking card, which is manufactured from renewable PLA material derived from corn, will enable the lender to slash the ecological footprint while ensuring a high quality product for cardholders, according to Gemalto.

The card is distributed by Gemalto’s local reseller Secumatic. It will provide customers with value added benefits including discounts on sporting event tickets and deals at major restaurants and hotels.

Banco Popular Dominicano bank cards vice president Austria Gomez said: "Banco Popular Dominicano is committed to sustainability and Gemalto, as a long-term signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, stood out as the best partner to support us.

"Banco Popular is demonstrating a new paradigm for commerce that values sustainability as a way to improve business, increase competitiveness and contribute to boost customer satisfaction."

Gemalto president for Latin America Rodrigo Serna commented, "The bio sourced banking cards demonstrate our ongoing commitment to using materials and production processes that have a reduced environmental impact.

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"Furthermore, these innovative cards are delivered in an eco-friendly packaging made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks."