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Rare metal is rare metal. If you crush enough electronics you can get quite a bit of good metal out of it. Gold and copper (primary metal in bronze which is an alloy of copper and tin) especially have quite a few electronic applications. Silver will probably be a bit harder to get out of common household materials, but easy enough.

Isn't it nicer to have a recycled medal from recycled metal? It has the same $$ worth at the end of the day over the stuff dragged out of the ground, but now it has a neat story.

Of course it does sound a little bad to refer to your medal as electronic contacts scraped off and melted into a disk for first and second place and a jumble of wires melted down with a chunk of metal casing for third. How is that any worse than saying the other method is digging up a rock, melting and boiling it to get the crap out then let it cool to harden into a chunk?
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I made a joke in my previous post, but I want to be serious this time.

It doesn't matter if silver, or gold, is mined, or recycled. It is still silver, and it is still gold. The value is the same. The difference is in how they obtained the silver and the gold. Was it mined from deep underground or panned from a river?

Or was it smelted from the components of an electronic device? In the end, it is still silver and gold. It holds the same value.
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So we have athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to the perfection of their chosen sport . Whose literal blood, sweat, and tears has elevated them above the common man or woman. And we can't even be bother to pony up for proper medals. Geez Japan if you can't afford to host the games proper why'd you bother bidding for them?


trust me, athletes at that level don't care about the medals besides what they represent. it doesn't matter what they're made of, only what they tell people that see them and what they say about the people that earn them.
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I made a joke in my previous post, but I want to be serious this time.

It doesn't matter if silver, or gold, is mined, or recycled. It is still silver, and it is still gold. The value is the same. The difference is in how they obtained the silver and the gold. Was it mined from deep underground or panned from a river?

Or was it smelted from the components of an electronic device? In the end, it is still silver and gold. It holds the same value.


While you could make the argument that the intrinsic value is the same, I believe what these people are thinking of is that it is similar to how the original Mono Lisa has much more value than any perfect forgery. Kind of like how I wouldn't wanna wear a clean hat if someone told me a donkey once peed on it. Bad aura thar mann
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DeadlyOats wrote:

I made a joke in my previous post, but I want to be serious this time.

It doesn't matter if silver, or gold, is mined, or recycled. It is still silver, and it is still gold. The value is the same. The difference is in how they obtained the silver and the gold. Was it mined from deep underground or panned from a river?

Or was it smelted from the components of an electronic device? In the end, it is still silver and gold. It holds the same value.


While you could make the argument that the intrinsic value is the same, I believe what these people are thinking of is that it is similar to how the original Mono Lisa has much more value than any perfect forgery. Kind of like how I wouldn't wanna wear a clean hat if someone told me a donkey once peed on it. Bad aura thar mann


I think, when it comes to precious metals, the story is different. Precious metals are still precious, thus they are still valuable. I am quite certain, that when that gold medalist takes a very close look at her gold medal, he or she will not find traces of electronic circuitry on it....
Posted 2/3/17
This will never affect me.
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A metal gathered up the hope and dreams of thousands while being the same as other Olympic metals? Sounds pretty cool. I wonder if we can bet on the atheletes
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Selenae wrote:


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i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal


I think so, too. I know I wouldn't want a medal made from scrap silver.



I really doubt any of the competitors are in it for the material value of the physical medallion.
Posted 2/4/17
and i'm suppose to care why?
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Selenae wrote:


dulun18 wrote:

i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal


I think so, too. I know I wouldn't want a medal made from scrap silver.



"i got a gold medal made of scrap metals"

this would not be a problem for China to make plenty of these for sale..
Posted 2/4/17 , edited 2/4/17
I'm surprised that the medals haven't already contained scrap metal, considering the demand for scrap is high enough for metals to be stolen from electric substations. Actually, I'm calling bullshit on the premise of the medals having previously been totally made of virgin materials.
Posted 2/4/17

dulun18 wrote:

i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal


The funny thing is that the gold medal for the Olympics hasn't been made of pure gold since 1912. Nowadays, they're worth about $565 (the gold medals) and must have at least 92.5% silver in them (as per regulation). Silver and bronze medals tend to have their respective alloy (bronze is mostly copper and tin/other metals) and the silver medal is made up of quite a lot of random alloys and a certain amount of silver.

Technically, they've been made of "scrap metal" for over 100 years now. It's just that Japan is obtaining said metals from donated mobile phones. Nothing to see here.
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Posted 2/4/17
They should use recycled metals from Fukushima instead. When the hell are they going to clean that shit up??
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I think that is a fantastic way to unite the public and the Olympic games. It also gives the medals more meaning. Japan could also be doing this to make a statement, saying that Japan is environmentally friendly and saving the planet for future generations. If the athletes don't understanding the meaning of the medals or just want a medal that is "new and shiny", i don't think they are the type of athletes i would like to support.
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Posted 2/4/17
They haven't make Olympic metals out of rare metals in decades they plated.
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