Recycled Guns, Knives, Bullets = London Olympic Stadium 2012

The world has been extremely enthusiastic about Olympics 2012. When London won the bid to be the host for the next Olympics there was a huge outcry about the way they designed the 2012 Olympics logo. The design was criticized worldwide and people expressed their displeasure. Last year was centered around talks of what the 2012 Olympic stadium would look like. Many proposed theories and even MITs grad students submitted their hypothesis of what it should look like. The design is finally underway and you will be shocked to know that the building is being created out of recycled weapons.

The great news is that the 2012 London Olympics Stadium is highly sustainable and gives the message of peace, love and unity. Last year the London Metropolitan Department (Police Department) collected 52 tonnes of  scrap metal from weapons like knives, guns etc. This scrap metal is being sold to vendors to create the solid structure for the 2012 Olympics.

Inhabitat reports that, “In the last year, the Metropolitan Police have collected more than 52 tonnes of scrap metal from old keys, knives and guns. This valuable scrap metal is being sold for use in buildings around the city, namely the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Populous (formerly HOK Sport) designed the eco-stadium to utilize a minimum number of materials and resources in order to have a lower environmental impact, and the recycled scrap metal is just one of those eco-elements.The London Metropolitan Police have done an admirable job in the last year to lighten their environmental footprint and have performed environmental studies to see where improvements can be made. Interestingly, they have collected 3.3 million spent bullets, weighing about 28 tonnes and recycled them into photo frames and jewelry. Additionally, they have recycled old uniforms, including body armour, to be used in car production, as well as cooking oil and horse manure.”

We think this is an admirable effort and it would be great to see a structure that gives such value to sustainability!

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