Kaba Lodging Systems Offers "Green" Keycards

To celebrate Earth Day, Kaba Lodging Systems (KLS) is introducing a new "green" option for hotels. KLS unveiled two types of environmentally friendly keycards.

The "green keys" are made either from 100-percent recycled polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or from polylactide acid (PLA) plastic. The high-performance PLA is made from a corn byproduct and is both recyclable and biodegradable.

Both key types function like traditional magnetic stripe keycards, carrying important information such as a guest's room number, duration of the stay, and an encrypted lock access code recorded onto track three.

In the European Union, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) bans placing on the market new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. In the United States, Canada, and other countries, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a performance-based rating system where building construction projects earn points and certification for addressing specific environmental impacts.
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