2488! This is the number of medals to win for athletes, over all disciplines, during the Olympic Games. The medals, commonly made of gold, silver or bronze, are the most sustainable ones in the Games’ history.
On your marks, get set, go! Friday 5 August 2016 is the start of a competition that turns all eyes on Brazil: Rio 2016 Summer Games. For 16 days, 10 500 athletes from all over the world are competing to win medals. And for the first time, these medals respect sustainability criteria. Indeed, gold medals are guaranteed without any use of mercury. The silver ones are made of recycled rough silver at 92.5% purity, from X-ray plates, leftover mirrors, and waste solders. And 40% of the bronze trophies originate from waste material in the Mint. Even the plastic ribbons are recycled PET. Paralympic Games’ medals are also specific this year. They contain steel pellets for visually impaired athletes to recognise the different types just by shaking them.
On the occasion of the Olympic Games, Belgium has decided to issue a 2-euro commemorative coin to support the Belgian athletes in the competition, 375 000 pieces were minted. The coin depicts the five Olympics rings and a stylized athlete carrying the victorious flag of Belgium. Let’s hope that this coin will bring them good luck and that the Belgian team may come back with suitcases full of Olympics medals!