Best Buy shifting from plastic to paper gift cards

Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 1:37 PM CST
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Best Buy is making a change to its gift cards in an effort to help the environment.

Starting on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), Best Buy will say goodbye to plastic and season’s greetings to gift cards made of paper.

This year, gift cards are projected to remain the most popular gift – and seven of the company's eight holiday-themed gift cards are made of recyclable paper and packaging, which will save an estimated 18 tons of plastic from going into landfills, the company projects. That’s approximately equal to the weight of nine cars.

Plus, to help the estimated 85 percent of people shopping for tech during Black Friday week, Best Buy offered a few tips to save green and go green:

  • Trade-in your unused tech which may have value for a gift card (this calculator shows what you might get)
  • If tech can’t be traded in, all our stores take most tech for recycling
  • Consider gifting energy-efficient gifts this holiday, like Philips Hue LED lights and more
  • If you don’t need a physical gift card, go for a zero waste E-gift card
  • Don’t forget to recycle the boxes products come in

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