The first to do so was O2, which last May announced the new design of its cards, with 51% less plastic support area where the SIM comes from and 61% less cardboard than the SIM area. In addition, they started using a recycled envelope and stopped using the plastic that wrapped the cardboard.
Orange announces its Half-SIM, which uses half of plastic
Orange has chosen to focus on its own plastic card which includes the SIM itself, where it has announced its new Half-SIM, and which will be used from now on in the replacement cards and MultiSIM that it offers to customers. Orange thus redoubles its commitment to a more sustainable SIM ecosystem after launching eSIM two years ago.
The Half-SIM, as its name suggests, happens to use half of plastic than the current cards that were similar in size to credit cards. This reduction makes the weight go to 1.8 grams instead of the 3.6 grams of the current model. Thanks to this, the volume of cards that can be transported on each trip is increased, with the great environmental implications that this entails. It is similar to what Apple will probably argue to justify the absence of a charger in its mobiles, with boxes that will be much thinner, in addition to reducing contamination from chargers.
ESIMs are the future, as they do not leave an ecological footprint
The carbon footprint of the new Half-SIM card is a 13% to conventional ones, with 72 grams of CO2 emitted compared to 83 grams of the current ones. Orange aims to reduce its carbon footprint to zero starting in 2040. The eSIM will play a very important role on this path. The most recent mobiles already include this chip that allows us to do without SIM cards, and the operators (including the eSIM of Vodafone, Orange and Movistar) already support it. As a result, operator changes are easier, and the ecological impact is further reduced.
The new Half-SIM will be available in its stores and remote channels from this month of August. The SIM card itself will continue to offer the same size as to date, with the different size cuts of full SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM, the latter being the one that practically all mobile phones on the market have used for more than five years. thanks to minimizing its footprint inside mobile phones and offering more space for elements such as the battery or being able to include microSD cards.