Philippines telecommunications services provider Globe has launched what it claims is the first eco SIM card in Asia.
The SIM cards, available for its postpaid mobile customers, are made from 100% recycled materials, including polystyrene waste from refrigerators, in partnership with technology company Thales.
The CO2 emissions from the manufacturing process and electronic components are fully offset by Thales’ carbon offset programme.
Thales is, therefore, also helping Globe meet its ambitions for cutting e-waste and reducing its carbon footprint.
Yoly Crisanto, Globe’s Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications said: “In order for us to truly move the needle in the fight against climate change, we all must take on the responsibility to act sustainably. This partnership with the Thales Group not only enables us to come up with a solution for our telco business but it also gives our customers the opportunity to step up and choose to live more sustainably.”
While SIM cards are among the smallest consumer items in the world, around 4.5 billion SIM cards manufactured every year represents an estimated 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers – or the equivalent weight of 4,000 jeeps.
Jon Cahilig, Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions for Asia, Thales Digital Identity & Security added: “As consumers become more environmentally-conscious, the onus is on companies to innovate to introduce sustainable technology solutions to remain competitive. As a Group, Thales has pledged to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and we align with the ambitions of many organisations to work for the better good and build a sustainable future.
“The Eco-SIM card is small but it has a big impact on plastic and polymer waste and is another example of how we innovate to drive change. We are excited to partner with Globe on this pioneering initiative in the Philippines with a goal to roll it out throughout Asia.”