Olympics medals made of mashed up smartphones
Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributed to this article about recycled goods being used at the 2020 Olympics. The Olympic torch, a sacred flame that dates back to ancient Greece, has now become an icon of the future, made up of aluminum waste from temporary housing built after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Meanwhile, 79,000 tons of metal salvaged from donated smartphones and electronics are now the key ingredients in 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals, according to the International Olympic Committee. July 27, 2021.