I’m sure many of us are aware this fad of metal cards, and like some of you I’m guilty of having one too. But I was thinking… what do we do with our card when it expires? Or you cancel your Curve Metal card following the Amex debacle, or the N26 Metal card when you can’t justify the cost/benefits? Revolut allow you to continue using a shiny metal card - even if you cancel your Metal subscription - until the card expires but without the benefits of the Metal subscription. However Curve and N26 cancel your metal card entirely and reissue a plastic one instead.
My Revolut card has an expiry date 5 years after issue. Plastic cards tend to expire 2 to 4 years after issue. So in some respects the durability of metal cards give them a longer serviceable life and that‘s good for the environment.
Expired/cancelled plastic cards can be easily destroyed - a pair of scissors are effective, or you can shred them in your typical domestic paper shredder. But metal ones are going to be much more difficult. Maybe I’ll need to invest in an axel grinder in a few years time? Plus as Metal cards are plastic bonded to stainless steel I assume they’re not going to be easily recyclable - which bin would they go in?