American Express Joins Parley in Effort to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution

The FINANCIAL — NEW YORK, June 7, 2018 — American Express and Parley, an organization focused on combating marine plastic pollution, announced a collaboration to raise awareness of this issue with Card Members, business partners and colleagues.

As part of the effort, American Express announced plans to launch the first-ever American Express Card manufactured primarily from recovered plastic found in the oceans and on the coasts. Additionally, American Express is committing to reduce the use of single-use plastic within its operations globally.

American Express’ first ocean plastic Card will be made with upcycled marine plastic debris. The Card is currently a prototype and will be tested and refined over time with public availability anticipated in the next 12 months. The inspiration for the card is to combat plastic pollution in the oceans and to raise awareness of this important issue, according to American Express.

American Express will evolve its operations to embody Parley’s AIR philosophy through a corporate pledge to limit single-use plastics, intercept plastic waste and redesign existing materials and plastic products. American Express will:

Pursue a strategy to reduce the use of virgin plastic in Card products.

Phase out single-use plastic straws and coffee stirrers for all its major offices and Centurion airport lounges globally within 30 days.

Phase out single-use plastic for Centurion airport lounges by the end of the year.

Set a comprehensive waste reduction strategy to reduce single-use plastic and increase recycling rates in its operations globally by the end of the year.

Pursue zero waste certification for its New York City headquarters by 2025.

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Enable American Express colleagues to be a part of the solution by engaging in annual company-run coastal and river clean-ups.

Other steps American Express has taken to become a more environmentally sustainable company include:

Reduced carbon emissions associated with its business operations by 50 percent compared to 2011.

All electricity powering the company’s U.S. data centers and New York City headquarters is from renewable energy.

Nearly 50 percent of the company’s global real estate footprint is green building certified.

$3.9 million has been provided in support of the environment and wildlife through the company’s Gift Matching and Serve2Gether programs in 2017.

Commitment to have 100% of its employee business travel be carbon neutral by 2021.


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