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Smaller SIM Packaging

Smaller SIM Packaging

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:


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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:



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




Absolutely Fantastic (Gary Barlow accent) Idea !


Saving Money !


great idea!!

former giff-staffer
Status changed to: Under Consideration
Hi all, we would like to accept the idea, however this will take a long time before we can implement it. Likely by the end of 2012. There are several reasons for this. One is that we still need to find out if our supplier can do this, design, ect. and because sims have a very long lead time (3 to 4 months) to get created, we have a lot of sims in stock already. So it is something we want to look at in the future.

Are there any updates on this idea at all?


Are there any updates on this idea at all


as we not hear any think on this


i tho they would do some think when the micro sims was comeing out



Are there any updates on this idea - Considering 2012 is well and truly over? Smiley Happy


Great idea james.

So much of what we receive/buy is totally over-packaged. It drives me crazy!  Smiley Mad

This seems like a small thing, but over the months/years, it would add up to a significant reduction in waste.

And as a forward thinking company, this is something that giffgaff should be looking to implement when it is suitable to do so.


any more news on this


former giff-staffer
Status changed to: We’re Looking Into It
Hey James, this went back into the meeting last week and has now been sent to Naiha - we don't think we could do it for our main sims, but definitely for some of the packs we do, Smiley Happy I'll keep you updated.

Love this idea, i dont think no one makes them paper love hearth either but can see nice for new comers.