Our People: Jack and Archie MacDonald – TotalCard

Our People: Jack and Archie MacDonald – TotalCard

28 February 2023

At Te Pae Christchurch, we are fortunate to employ a number of talented individuals who not only contribute to the success of our events but who also strive for excellence outside of the organisation.

Two such innovators are twins Archie and Jack MacDonald, who when they’re not working at the Centre in our Event Sets team, are out developing sustainable business cards made of sheep wool.

The pair recently received the National Excellence Award for Business Innovation at the national Young Enterprise Scheme awards, for their TotalCard “tap and go” sheep wool cards that instantly transfer contact information to any smartphone.

The cards were developed in conjunction with Christchurch-based Shear Edge, a state-of-the-art materials engineering company, which seeks to create products with purpose that unleash the potential of wool and natural fibres.

By integrating Near Field Communication (NFC) chip technology with the wool-based, plastic-like material from Shear Edge, the resulting product is stronger and more durable than synthetic plastic, and has the potential to support a reduction in paper business cards and PVC plastics.

The two young entrepreneurs have high ambitions for their enterprise, hoping to eventually expand into sustainable alternatives to bank cards, gift cards and loyalty cards.

To find out more visit their website TotalCard.