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Globe launches the first "Eco-SIM" in Asia made from recycled refrigerator waste

In an effort to contribute to environmental sustainability, local telco giant Globe recently launched the very-first Eco-SIM cards in Asia in time for Zero Waste Month this January.
The first in Asia!

To contribute to environmental sustainability

The Eco-SIM cards are made from 100 percent recycled materials including polystyrene waste from refrigerators, diverting this waste stream from landfills.

In partnership with Thales, Globe has deployed the Eco-SIM cards starting November 2021.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020 with a neutral carbon footprint. It is made from 100 percent recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors. According to the company, the CO2 emissions from the manufacturing process and electronic components are fully offset by Thales’ comprehensive carbon offset program.

Apart from second life to refrigerator interiors and enabling an independent and exclusive green plastic supply flow to Globe for their SIM cards, Thales is helping Globe meet its ambitions for cutting e-waste, reducing its carbon footprint, and contributing to sustainability in the Philippines. 

To those who don't know, SIM cards are among the smallest consumer items in the world, weighing around 4 grams each. But, with approximately 4.5 billion SIM cards manufactured every year, their combined weight represents an estimated 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers. It is equivalent to 4,000 jeepneys.

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 organizations 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, said  Jon Cahilig, Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions for Asia, Thales Digital Identity & Security.

Globe was also a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in 2019, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

Last January 2021, Globe expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

Also, along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide, Globe supports the framework set by TCFD and is committed to following recommendations towards effective climate-related disclosures.

In 2021, Globe also became the first publicly-listed Philippine company to be listed by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) committed to setting science-based targets, in line with the 1.5°C global warming scenario of the Paris Agreement and the #RacetoZero Campaign. These commitments cover both the mid-term (2030) and long-term (2050) targets.

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, said Yoly Crisanto, Globe's Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Apart from Eco-SIM, Globe was also the first in the country to launch an eSIM in 2018.
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