Soracom, Inc. today announced it is shipping the majority of its SIM cards for Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity as ecoSIMs, produced from 100% recyclable ABS plastic and using over three times less disposable material than traditional SIM cards. The ecoSIM, which supports all standard form factors (2FF, 3FF, 4FF), is saving more than 4 tons of plastic for every million SIMs shipped.
As technology has progressed and device size has decreased in the IoT, the functional size of a SIM slot has also been reduced significantly but the plastic housing around it has not. Standard SIM cards are made in the size of a credit card. By reducing the amount of plastic around the SIM itself, the card becomes a lighter, less wasteful product.
In addition to saving tons of plastic from the landfill each year, the new ecoSIM also significantly reduces carbon costs associated with global shipping, reducing upwards of 2 tons of greenhouse emissions per million SIMs. Storage footprint and costs are also lowered; a shipping box that traditionally held 1,000 SIMs can now house up to 10,000.
“IoT technology is already helping to reduce material waste and CO2 emissions across crucial industries like agriculture, infrastructure, transportation, energy, and manufacturing,” said Alexis Susset, Soracom vice president of global product and EU sales. “This new ecoSIM further positions both Soracom and our customers at the forefront of an industry-wide commitment to environmental responsibility.”
To learn more about Soracom’s ecoSIM initiative, visit soracom.io/ecosim.