Tokyo strikes gold, silver and bronze with e-waste Olympic medals

By Charly Triballeau

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lovely. these athletes work so hard for years to compete in this international event and their medals are literally made of garbage??

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Considering that the Olympics tries to take up our time with frivolous sporting events, diverting our attention from really important things, that it takes money better spent elsewhere and uses it for giant stadiums that start to rot away weeks after the event is over (Google abandoned Olympic Stadiums) that it steals our taxpayer dollars, and in some countries, people's land, and that it's rife with corruption and cheating, this story of Olympic medals made of GARBAGE is a totally fitting meme.

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And I contributed two old smartphones. Glad they were put to some good use.

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Meanwhile, how much waste will be generated as a result of the construction for the Olympics?!?!

But, hey, at least the medals are made of recycled materials.

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@Aly Rustom

way to be a narrow minded party pooper. Do you think they are going to look or feel like garbage?

Good on Japan for this ingenious idea!

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Melt it down, skim off the impurities, good as new.

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way to be a narrow minded party pooper.

way to be just plain narrow minded

Do you think they are going to look or feel like garbage?


Good on Japan for this ingenious idea!

I disagree

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If I liked the Olympics, this idea would be ok. I'm saying it's the Olympics themselves which I consider to be garbage. Modern frivolous narcissism.

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Recycling does work in may meaningful ways, if only one tries.

The Olympic logo for the Tokyo Olympics too is "recycled" by a technique which uses the same pieces to create the Olympic and the Para-Olympic logos for Japan.

So keep recycling.

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Can't hurt, and if you want to recycle, then good on them. I just hope this doesn't increase theft or those idiots who drive around with loudspeakers asking to get into your apartment and see what electronics you've got and otherwise drive around shouting.

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