Maybank Ikhwan Credit Cards Get New Card Face, Now Made With Eco-Friendly Material
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Maybank has updated the card faces for several of its Ikhwan credit cards to give them “a more modern and sleeker design”. On top of that, the cards are now also created from a new material, making them an eco-friendly card that contributes to sustainability.

Specifically, this latest update in card faces affects the following Ikhwan cards (Mastercard, Visa, and American Express):

  • Maybank Islamic PETRONAS Ikhwan Visa credit card-i (Platinum & Gold variant)
  • Maybank Islamic Ikhwan Mastercard credit card-i (Platinum & Gold variant)
  • Maybank Islamic Ikhwan American Express Platinum credit card-i

It does not include Maybank’s premium Ikhwan cards, namely the Maybank Islamic Ikhwan Visa Infinite credit card-i and the Maybank Islamic World Mastercard Ikhwan credit card-i.

Overall, the main design change made to the impacted Ikhwan cards involves the motif that is printed on the cards’ background; while the previous motif utilises a tighter and more congested print, the updated motif takes on a more contemporary appearance. The colour of the cards have also been brightened with some gradient, and there are some changes to the placement of texts on a few of the cards as well.

Here are how the new Ikhwan cards look like in comparison to their previous counterparts:

(Left: Previous design; right: new design)

Aside from updating the design, Maybank also highlighted that the new Ikhwan cards are now made from a new sustainable material, comprising of 84% bio-sourced and renewable polylactic acid (PLA) – which is extracted from non-edible corn. This works as a substitute for the plastic that was originally used, helping to reduce carbon emission. In fact, the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), petroleum-based plastic, and fossil-based plastic will be reduced by 82% with this move, said Maybank.

The chief executive officer of Maybank Islamic, Datuk Mohamed Rafique Merican said that the use of this new material is in line with the bank’s commitment to adopt good ESG practices within its business while increasing awareness among customers.

“We understand and recognise the journey ahead, hence, we are committed to looking for new ways and solutions to reduce our collective carbon footprint through the introduction of this new bio-sourced credit card,” said Datuk Mohamed Rafique. Maybank Islamic aims to issue over 100,000 of new eco-friendly cards in 2023.

In a conjunction with the unveiling of these new cards, Maybank is currently running a campaign that will reward Ikhwan cardholders with 5x TreatsPoints for every RM1 spent with selected eco-friendly merchants. This is on top of the opportunity to also win prizes such as a Honda City Hatchback, iPhone 14, and cashback rewards of up to RM1,000 by being one of 331 top spenders. You can find out more about the campaign here, which is set to run until 12 March 2023.  

(Source: The Edge Markets)

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