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How the Mutual Bank is making a greener way to pay


The Mutual Bank is switching away from the traditional plastic credit card and taking an exciting step towards reducing their carbon footprint.

The Bank recently launched their new Mutual Visa Debit Card, which is made of 90% plant-based material. Not only is the card non-toxic and industrially compostable, but the packaging is made of 100% recycled paper with a soy-based ink and a glassine paper window on the envelope.

This is not the only exciting change, with the card design having also undergone a makeover. Award-winning Aboriginal artist of the Wonnarua Nation, Saretta Fielding, created the unique and vibrant artwork for the Mutual Visa Debit Card. The artwork acknowledges the Wonnarua people, sharing the story of gathering and The Mutual Bank’s connection to community for more than 130 years.

The Mutual Visa Credit Card is also set to transition to plant-based cards, with the new cards launching in early 2023. Craig Layer created the artwork for the Mutual Visa Credit Card, featuring a striking image of the Hunter River, which runs through the Maitland area where the bank is headquartered, and a Wedge tailed eagle, depicting The Mutual Bank’s connection to community.

The new cards were officially launched at the bank’s Green Hills Head Office on Thursday 24 November 2022 ahead of the Wupa indigenous art initiative. Wupa is a project of the Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, which The Mutual Bank sponsors.

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