Sponsors of the Rio Olympic games thought they came up with a wonderful idea of making the Olympic medals out of recycled materials instead of the precious metals normally used. However, these wonderful medals given to athletes for their accomplishments are rusting and decaying. So far, over 100 of the ‘sustainable’ medals have been returned, less than I year after being awarded to the athletes.
More than 100 eco-friendly Olympic medals won at the Rio Games last year have been sent back because they are rusting and decaying.
The medals were hailed as a masterpiece of sustainability because they used recycled materials in place of traditional precious metals.
However, less than 12 months after they were handed out, a substantial number of the prizes are already the worse for wear…
Most or the problems have been with the bronze medals. They are flaking apart, rusting and developing black spots. They were made from recycled copper industrial waste. The gold medals were made from recycled silver and then covered with gold plating which contained only 0.2 ounces of real gold.