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Published 3 Years Ago on Thursday, Jan 16 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
Vodafone is helping the environment by replacing its usual
credit card-sized SIM holder with a newly-developed half-sized format that
halves the amount of plastic used to produce SIMs. The project is part of a
wider initiative to decrease the company’s use of non-essential plastics.
Available from January, Vodafone stores will offer customers a variety
of eco-friendly accessories under the label ‘Red Loves Green’. These will
include fully biodegradable or recycled phone cases made up of, reused ocean
plastic, charging banks and docks made from sustainable materials, that all
come with plastic-free packaging. Vodafone plans to increase their range
of ‘Red Loves Green’ products during the course of 2020.
The Fairphone 3, a more ethical, reliable and sustainable
smartphone is also available in 5 Vodafone markets – Germany, Italy, UK, Spain
and Ireland – as part of a strategic collaboration between the two companies.
Fairphone 3, comes with reusable and sustainable packaging and is made from
ethically sourced, conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper, plastic and
also gold, sourced by Fairtrade.
“Halving our environmental
impact means not only tackling material issues such as our carbon footprint and
e-waste, but also taking action in other areas where we have an impact, such as
the non-essential or disposable plastics we use in our retail stores and
on many of the initiatives launched across Vodafone’s markets, we want a
consistent approach everywhere we operate. This begins with the roll out
of half-sized SIMs, tackling unnecessary plastics in our offices and offering
our customers eco-friendly accessories.”
These initiatives support and align with Vodafone’s social
responsibility plans to improve the quality of life of 1 billion people, whilst
reducing its environmental impact by at least 50% by 2025. Such a commitment
by Vodafone includes, halving its carbon footprint and purchasing all
electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Vodafone has also committed
to reuse, resell or recycle 100% of all its produced waste and to help
customers extend the lives of the devices they possess already.
The new smaller SIM cards will be given to customers in multiple European markets from the beginning of 2020 and will eventually replace the use of full-sized card holders across all Vodafone’s 24 markets, internationally. This initiative alone, will decrease Vodafone’s plastic waste by more than 340 tons per annum, and will save up to 15 tons of the CO2e released during production and transportation for every ton of plastic reduced – a reduction of more than 5,000 tons of C02e every year.
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