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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oberthur Technologies and EcoSIM: Eco-Friendly SIM Cards

We all know what SIM cards are - the little card stuck inside your cell phone that keeps track of your personal data. Oberthur Technologies, the "second largest provider of smart card-based solutions" has created the first eco-friendly SIM card on the market. EcoSIM is smaller than traditional SIM cards, and half the plastic is used in its creation. Whereas a sheet of plastic the size of a credit card was traditionally used to make one SIM card, it makes two EcoSIM cards. Eco-friendly packaging also makes a major difference in the carbon footprint left behind. CO2 emissions generated during the making of each card has been reduced from 16g to 8g. The paper used in packaging the EcoSIM is certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes. Both of these are non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving the world's forests. Oberthur had a soft launch earlier this year, sending 10 million cards to mobile phone creators. The EcoSIM will be showcased November 17th through the 19th CARTES & Identification exhibition in Paris. Oberthur Technologies Oberthur Technologies is the second largest creator of smart card-based solutions, and a major player in the technology industry. Based in France, Oberthur also helps create identity-based documents that are secure - such as passports, identification cards, etc. They've also just launched the world's first light-emitting payment card.

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