To celebrate Zero Waste month, Globe telecom introduced Eco-SIM cards, making them the first telco in Asia to come up with one.
The Globe Eco-SIM contributes to environmental sustainability as it’s made from 100% recycled materials that include polystyrene waste found on refrigerators.
Globe started offering its Eco-SIM cards starting November 2021. The card is made in partnership with Thales, an advanced technology company working for customers in industries like civil aviation, digital security, defense, and more.
The eco-friendly SIM card was first developed in 2020. It boasts a neutral carbon footprint. Plus, as per the company, the CO2 emissions generated from the manufacturing of its electronic components are handled by Thales’ comprehensive carbon offset program.
Aside from helping Globe become eco-friendly, Thales is also assisting the telco giant to achieve its goal of reducing its carbon footprint, e-waste, and contributing to the Philippines’ sustainability.
So, how do eco-SIM cards help the environment? While SIM cards are one of the smallest items in the world, about 4.5 billion of them are being manufactured every year. That’s about 20,000 tons of plastic and polymers produced.
This isn’t the first time Globe Telecom expressed its interest in becoming environmentally friendly. In 2019, the company was part of the United Nations Global Compact, which is committed to implementing universal sustainability principles on the environment, as well as labor, human rights, and anti-corruption.
Globe also expressed its support to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) back in January of 2019. They are also the first publicly-listed local company to be recognized by the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI) for their commitment to setting science-based targets in relation to the 1.5-degrees global warming scenario by the Paris Agreement and #RacetoZero campaign.