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Status: Not For Us
by jamesd2010 on ‎19-06-2011 12:57

As part of giffgaff’s ethos of being environmentally friendly, I feel that the idea to change how we look at our SIM packaging is required. My focus in this idea is the plastic SIM holder users receive to show the activation code, and then house the SIM.

 

What can be done?


It’s simple, this extra space is not needed at all, and we could shrink the plastic holder by half and still have sufficient space needed for the plastic holder to serve its purpose. Shrinking this would make things different; only one other network orange has done this, as you will see with the image below:

 

orange sim.png

 

What would this mean for giffgaff?


  • Half the amount of waste
  • Would make the company more sustainable, and a much greener business
  • Would expand on giffgaff’s ethos of being green, and efficient
  • Would reduce the weight of SIM packages
  • Enable giffgaff to ship more SIMs per envelope
  • Overall, the production costs would be far less than producing SIM cases double the size.

If we was to reduce the Size of the SIM package, it would indeed save giffgaff money, I also think that it adds a more unique approach on how things are looked at. Obviously giffgaff are extraordinary, they’re different, so to see this change would most certainly show the idea of this.

 

Size does matter – And using the smaller SIM cases would overall reduce costs. The only issue as it stands is the number of batches of the original size we have. This isn’t much of a problem, as they’ve already done the damage, giffgaff have paid for this, if the idea was to be implemented, we could see this happen when the old batches have all gone.

 

Looking at the scale of the issue, more than 2.9 billion SIM cards weighing 11,600 tonnes were shipped to mobile operators across the globe in 2008* – Giffgaff could change this. Orange have already started the process, and have received recognition for doing such thing.

 

I have gone and got an Orange reduced SIM holder, and taken a photo in comparison to giffgaff's below:

 

 

*Statistics taken from: http://newsroom.orange.co.uk

 

Kudo this idea if you like it, I think this change would be great, and save giffgaff more money.

 

 



Status: Not For Us

[11th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'Not For Us'

 

Hi all, this idea is very inline with our environmentally friendly values, and it's an area of interest tha we want to explore more. In this particular idea our hands are a bit tied by the options open to us, so unfortunately it's not something that we can do at the moment. We still want to hear all of your ideas for how we can be more environmentally conscious, so keep them coming.

 

Thanks everyone.

Comments
by edoubleliot ‎19-06-2011 14:08 - edited ‎19-06-2011 14:09

Uhh, I'm pretty sure just about every phone, (bar the iPhone and perhaps a couple of others) uses the SIM size that GiffGaff currently supplies. I think I'm a bit confused though!?

by jamesd2010 on ‎19-06-2011 14:11
It's probablly the comments confusing you, if you re read the initial idea I think you'll understand. Unless you're on about something else?
by bilalmukhtar1 on ‎30-12-2013 15:23

new idea has come in recently to stop sending cheeky sims to save on plastic! 

http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Submit-Great-giffgaff-Ideas/Stop-sending-quot-Cheeky-SIMs-quot/idc-...

i think the cheeky sim idea is great but i do think that it is a waste of plastic so this idea of a smaller sim plastic is a great idea - full support from me :smileyhappy:

by arayan24 on ‎27-02-2014 09:34

why not for the main sims ?

by arayan24 on ‎27-02-2014 17:12

agree

by trainedspider on ‎26-08-2014 17:13
How about if Giffgaff ask which SIM size you need.
by akh48 ‎08-01-2015 20:17 - edited ‎08-01-2015 20:17

Just followed a link from a recently accepted idea - trio (3 in 1) sim - which mentioned this and think this is a great idea, hopefully it will get implemented.

by jesi23 on ‎08-01-2015 20:45

this looks pretty good - glad to see it considered

 

Jes

by jesi23 on ‎09-01-2015 08:49

@pcantellow  on 26/04/2013 you say you don't think anyone makes them paper love hearth (those paper love hearts?) - surprise, surprise! I have! the  first attempt was pretty dire, but the second one worked, and I even managed to give a SIM in it to a friend! (not that she seems to have activated it :smileysad: )

 

 

Jes

by Community Manager on ‎11-02-2015 13:46
Status changed to: Not For Us

[11th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'Not For Us'

 

Hi all, this idea is very inline with our environmentally friendly values, and it's an area of interest tha we want to explore more. In this particular idea our hands are a bit tied by the options open to us, so unfortunately it's not something that we can do at the moment. We still want to hear all of your ideas for how we can be more environmentally conscious, so keep them coming.

 

Thanks everyone.

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