The first Swiss payment card made from real wood.

TouchWood is the first payment card made from Swiss wood for your finances. Because sustainability is just as important to us as it is to you. The Zurich Cantonal Bank and Viseca are constantly working on new ideas to achieve this. Innovation that sets an example. Soon in your wallet, too?

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Innovation in the service of sustainability.

Innovation is part of our DNA. We have proved this once again with our wooden card: Together with Swiss Wood Solutions, a spin-off of Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the Zurich Cantonal Bank and Viseca developed a functional prototype of a payment card made of wood within a few months. Manufactured with wood from Switzerland — only the card chip or electronics are composed of recyclable metal and biodegradable carrier material for technical reasons. Our goal: a sustainable payment card that is “made in Switzerland”.

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The facts speak for TouchWood.

The raw material comes from sustainable local Swiss forests. That way the card — except for the card chip — is completely biodegradable. The production of the wooden card prototype already has a carbon footprint equivalent to that of a PVC card. With energy-optimised serial production, the wooden card can be produced in a much more climate-friendly way.

Truly sustainable

A focus on customer needs.

Whether TouchWood will be accessible to a wide group of customers is ultimately up to you. Does the wooden payment card set an example of sustainability and change that you want to promote?


Further together

Have we piqued your interest?

Then enter your e-mail address here, and with a little luck, take part in the pilot phase.

Thank you very much for your interest.

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Together for a sustainable future.

TouchWood is a joint project of the innovation laboratory of the Zurich Cantonal Bank, Viseca and Swiss Wood Solutions. About the partner:

The Zurich Cantonal Bank is the largest cantonal bank and the fourth largest bank in Switzerland.

Viseca is a leading provider of products and services in the area of cashless payment.

Swiss Wood Solutions was founded in 2016 as a spin-off from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology). The team brings together wood experts from industry, research and development.