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Recycled e-waste used in Vancouver Olympic medals


Canada could score a gold medal for its efforts to reduce electronic waste. Unfortunately, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” didn’t quite make the Winter Games line-up this year, but let’s at least give our neighbors to the north some kudos for creativity and Earth-lovin’ for incorporating e-waste into this year’s Olympic medals.

The much-coveted gold, silver, and bronze medals each contain a tiny amount of e-waste harvested from cathode ray tube glass, computer parts, circuit boards, and other garbaged gadgets. This marks the first time that Olympic medals have contained recycled materials. Hmm, could we see plastic bottle medals at London 2012 or aluminum can prizes at Sochi 2014?

Full story at Scientific American.

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