Plastic Business Cards by Oomph [review]

A while back I was contacted by Jack from Oomph, a plastic card printing company based in Hampshire, UK, asking whether I was interested in a free sample of their plastic business cards in exchange for a review. The timing couldn’t have been better as I was planning on getting new cards anyways, so I said yes. It took me a while to design them as is always the case when being your own client. Jack has been very patient with me and nothing but helpful.

Fudgegraphics Business Cards by Oomph

The Ooomph cards are as thick as credit cards, have a smooth texture to them and rounded corners so that you don’t cut yourself on any sharp edges. They feel great. The colours came out just the way they were supposed to and even the fine lines of my logo translated nicely. Overall it took 11 days from sending off the print files to getting the finished cards, but if you’re in a hurry then you can chose a 5-day rush service for a premium.

Fudgegraphics Business Cards by Oomph

I already handed out a couple of these cards and the response was always positive. People like the tactility and I bet they won’t misplace or lose these quite as easily as regular paper cards.

So, if you’re in the market for new business cards and want something with a twist, then check out www.madebyoomph.co.uk

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Hi Franz. Your new cards look great. However, using plastic material today is pretty insensitive towards Mother Nature and flies in the face of everything sustainable, unless the “plastic” based on corn starch. You should rather be a spokesperson for sustainable and/or renewable materials which – btw – look pretty cool too today. Greetings, Marc

  2. @Marc: Oomph actually do offer an ecocard, made from recycled credit cards. But yes, I do agree with you that it’s our responsibility to reduce waste and look for eco-friendly solution.

  3. Hello Franz

    My name is Matt, the owner of Oomph, glad you like your cards with clout!

    Excellent question from Marc. Oomph or Ecocard as we were back then, were the first to introduce plastic cards made from PLA (Polylactic Acid or corn starch) into the UK marketplace back in 2008 and were the UK ambassador for Ingeo (owned by Cargill the largest corn producer in the USA) who manufacture PLA. There were issues with this material though, apart from the cost (which at recession time was not widely accepted) the corn is also genetically modified. This GM corn was used for materials, rather than food which pushed prices up of the humble tortilla in Mexico, destabilised the mexican government. These combination of factors meant Oomph dropped PLA from our range and introduced ‘The Green Ecocard’ made from 50% recycled plastic. Oomph totally agree with your views and have sought to find cost effective, environmentally friendly materials and can use PETG and Bio PVC for plastic cards. However, PLA and Bio PVC has to go to industrial composting facilities in order to biodegrade, the same applies for Bio PVC. There has to be a collection system in place as most county councils do not accept these materials for processing. BioPVC is 100% virgin PVC but it has an oxy-degradable additive in order to ensure degradation, but in reality it’s not a true cradle to grave product. Oomph still seek the perfect material and will not stop until we find it.

    Paper on the other hand, even FSC, still has to be bleached to turn it as white as possible – this bleaching agent has to go somewhere and this argument is the achilles heal for recycled paper products. The production of paper and plastic card products are not friendly to mother earth but there are solutions in the pipeline and Oomph can’t wait.

    If you have any other questions I would be more than happy to answer.

    Cheers

    Matt

  4. Very nice look very professional design

  5. Thank you for the review and we are very much impressed by the way the owner of the oomph told us about their site and how they create Eco-Cards.

    It will be great, if the Eco cards are less expensive compare to other material cards we use Globally.

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