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San Rafael offers first ever bamboo library cards!

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new library cardStarting on July 1, 2014, the San Rafael Public Library will begin offering bamboo library cards to library users.

During the entire month of July you can replace your old plastic card with a new, gorgeous bamboo library card for free! All new cards issued July 1 onward will also be bamboo instead of plastic.

We are proud to be the first library anywhere in the world (that we know of) to be offering library cards made out of renewable bamboo.

We have partnered with Grovemade, a leading designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories. The bamboo library cards were created to promote the City of San Rafael’s goals to create a greener environment through several initiatives, including changes in lifestyle, city operations, and construction.

Made from renewable wood, the library cards are individually hand sanded and oiled. The cards are just as durable as the plastic cards.

Join us in making our planet a better place and think of ways that you, too, can reduce plastic waste.

13 Responses to “San Rafael offers first ever bamboo library cards!”

  1. […] The latest from the Department of Admirable Innovations (Public Library Division): converting from plastic library cards to cards made out of bamboo. Details. […]

  2. Jim E in FLA says:

    What is the cost difference between these and plastic cards?

    • sarah says:

      We got competitive pricing on the cards. Grovemade could give you more information on their pricing structures. They are slightly more expensive than plastic cards, but absolutely within reason.

  3. […] San Rafael offers first ever bamboo library cards! […]

  4. Juanito says:

    Very cool! Way to go!

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  6. […] is kind of neat. The San Rafael Public Library is the first in the world to offer bamboo library cards, as opposed to plastic […]

  7. […] Libraries are the place where a reader’s dreams come true, but also a place where trees go to die. To give back a little to nature, this library is replacing the plastic library cards with renewable bamboo cards. They also look amazing! […]

  8. […] Rafael Public Library offers the first ever library cards made of bamboo.  I want […]

  9. Anna Maria says:

    Oh wow, these are simply amazing! Thank you for bringing a taste of the eco-friendly into our wonderful library!

  10. Kathleen R says:

    Great idea! Nice to see bamboo being used in this way.

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