ocean bound plastic debit cards

Made from plastic that would have otherwise gone out to sea

Using upcycled litter collected in areas that are highly likely to feed into the water, these eco-friendly debit cards prevent more waste from entering our oceans.

An estimated 6.3 billion payment cards are shipped around the world each year,1 so we’re taking action to turn the tide on the plastic waste problem. U.S.Bank partners with organizations to responsibly source materials and reduce our impact on the environment. Learn more about sustainable sourcing and our other environmental initiatives at U.S. Bank.


Up to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans annually.2


If nothing changes by 2050, plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean.3

1 ton

Over one ton of plastic is diverted from the ocean for every one million debit cards4 produced.

Be part of the solution.

When you choose an eco-friendly card design – Diving Turtle, Serene Beach or Pride – you’re helping prevent more plastic from washing out to sea and reducing your personal plastic footprint.

Better for the oceans

Plastic can live in the ocean for hundreds of years, contaminating seawater, entangling animals and damaging fragile coral reefs. Our eco-friendly debit cards are a more sustainable alternative that helps protect our planet and addresses a growing concern over pollution in our waterways.

Look for the Second Wave turtle logo to easily identify eco-friendly debit card options.

Second Wave turtle logo

Safer than cash

From gas to groceries, your eco-friendly debit card is great for everyday purchases. Use it instead of cash – it’s like having exact change every time you pay. Plus, debit cards come with more protection than cash:

  • With zero fraud liability,5 you’re not responsible for unauthorized purchases.
  • If you misplace your card, you can use the U.S. Bank Mobile App to lock it to prevent use and unlock it when you find it.
  • With contactless payments6 when you go shopping, you don’t have to touch the card reader to pay. Simply tap your card on the reader to make a purchase.
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  1. The Nilson Report, Issue #1163, Card Manufacturer Shipments - Payment Cards 2018

  2. Jambeck et al, 2015: Science “Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean”. Science, February 13, Vol 347 (6223)

  3. Ocean Conservancy, "Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean" (2015)

  4. CPI Card Group, “Payment Industry Introduces Recovered Ocean-Bound Plastic Card” (2020)

  5. Zero fraud liability – U.S. Bank provides zero fraud liability for unauthorized transactions. Cardholder must notify U.S. Bank promptly of any unauthorized use. Certain conditions and limitations may apply. See the Electronic Fund Transfers section in Your Deposit Account Agreement (PDF)  for details.

  6. The Contactless Symbol and Contactless Indicator are trademarks owned by and used with the permission of EMVCo, LLC.

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