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09/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denver Hotels Switch To Sustainable Wooden Keycards For Democratic National Convention

At least during the Democratic National Convention, traditional plastic hotel key cards will go the way of the Whig Party.

Sustainable Cards LLC of Boulder has donated more than 70,000 wood hotel key cards to use at hotels throughout the Denver area. The wooden cards, made from sustainably harvested birch, carry the logo of the Denver 2008 Host Committee.

Wooden hotel key cards have been in use in Europe for about seven years. This will be their first use in the United States.

The key cards will be used in 90 hotels in the area --- virtually every hotel downtown and in the Cherry Creek, Stapleton and the Denver International Airport areas. Some hotels that still use metal keys, such as the historic Oxford Hotel in Denver, won't switch to the key cards.

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