Olympic Medals To Be Made Out Of Recycled Gadgets

While most companies are talking about going green; the Olympics in Tokyo is truly taking it to the next level with medals made from recycled laptops.

All the medals in the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next year will be made from recycled electronic waste. This discarded waste will include mobiles, laptops, desktops and handheld games consoles.

The news hit headlines last Friday, but with Brexit hogging the limelight it seemed to go quite unnoticed. Officials said they expect to be able to collect enough old electronic devices by the end of March to be able to extract the required amount of Gold, Silver and bronze required to make all the medals awaded during the Olympics.

Starting Your Own Medal Production

Unfortunately, if you have a stack of devices you won’t be able to create yourself a stack of medals any time soon.

Since the plan was first discussed 19 months ago organisers have managed to collect around 47,500 tons of devices which were either recycled or thrown out.

The required amount to create the medals is 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze.

Surprisingly it’s not the first Olympics that this recycling method has been utilized. In 2016 during the Rio Olympics, it’s thought that around 30% of some of the silver and bronze medals were created from recycled materials. In 2020 it will, however, be the first time organisers have utilized old laptops and computers for Gold.

Thousands of Recycled Computers and Laptops result in hundreds of medals

Throughout the Olympics there are around 306 medals distributed; that’s a vast number of electronic devices which are no longer filling up landfills and destroying the planet.

While you may not have enough technology stuffed in a draw to make multiple Olympic medals. You do have the ability to save the planet; by recycling your devices one at a time, you are able to help stop the mining of new materials. You can also make quite a bit of extra cash by selling your old laptops to Cash In Your Gadgets.



Where Did Your Old Laptop Go?

Ok, so you did the wrong thing, you didn’t sell your old laptop to Cash In Your Gadgets; instead, you threw it in the bin…so where is it now? Probably in a landfill somewhere… it could actually be anywhere in the world.

What Happens To Recycled PC’s

For those of you who did the right thing and used a gadget recycling scheme, parts of it could now be in Shanghai. Here, there’s a sprawling factory complex which deals with the plastic used in PCs. Ground down into tiny pellets, they started their journey to becoming new electronic devices.

If the laptop was quite modern or in a good working condition, chances are it was re-homed like an old dog, with someone who doesn’t ask much from it but needed a new-ish device.

Dell have said they gathered more than 177 million pounds worth of used electronics in 2017; which is a lot of PC’s to break down, and grind up into plastic pellets ready to create new PC’s.

Using Old To Create New

Computer companies have very much changed their attitude in the last 5 years about recycling. Closed-loop-recycling can be quite profitable for these companies; recycling old laptops or gadgets to create new versions with the same materials.

It’s thought by 2021 (in 2 years time) the globe will generate 57 million tons of e-waste. It’s now become one of the fastest growing waste streams which has a vast impact on both the environment and economic opportunity.

We’ve already blogged about the impact of precious metal mining which has decimated the forests and gorilla populations. Alongside the animal populations, we blogged about the ‘Burner boys‘ in Africa who are experiencing health implications from burning plastic off the cabling to sell on the metals. Finally, there are the chemicals leaking into landfills from non-recycled devices…

In 2018 there was only a fraction of the world’s e-waste which was recycled; when you consider many devices are coated in flame retardant materials & chemicals, including mercury, lead and arsenic, it’s no wonder our planet is suffering.

Our goal for 2019 is to encourage as many people as possible to recycle their devices appropriately. Selling your old laptop can prevent new materials being mined and old plastics being disposed of. It can help prevent dangerous substances being left to scorch the earth and reduce the damage to the already damaged world we live in.

Sell your device today at www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk



Best Dell Laptops of 2019

A new year, means new technology; which is why we’ve written the latest review of the best Dell laptops of 2019.

Dell has always provided plenty of choices when it comes to laptops; from a wide range of colours, sizes and price ranges to the latest technology. The trouble with plenty of choices is how confusing it can become when comparing what you want.

What Do You Want From Your Dell Laptop

As with any PC or Laptop, make sure you decide on what you want; what is it you’re looking for in a laptop? You need to think about 3 things.

  • What do you want the laptop for? Gaming, web browsing, photography & artwork etc
  • What size do you want? Does it need to fit in a handbag, backpack etc
  • How much are you willing to pay? There may need to be a tradeoff between features to achieve the price you’re willing to pay.

We’re still a huge fan of the Dell XPS range and the 13 in particular; at just over £1000 it’s a high powered laptop in a lightweight package. It is all you could want from a tiny laptop and is powerful enough to run programs like photoshop without increasing the size of your bag.

If you prefer a larger screen there’s always the XPS 15 but these days many of us are so used to working on tablets we’re not bothered by having a huge screen.

The Dell Laptop for The Gamer

For the gamer, there’s the Dell G3. This laptop is a powerful machine; designed with gaming in mind it’s got enough power to ensure you’re always able to play. It does, however, have a 17.3-inch screen so isn’t the most portable of laptops.

The screen resolution is a little disappointing at 1080p but this does have a direct impact on the battery life and how long it will last during a game. At Just over £700 it’s a bargain for such a powerful device.

The Dell Laptop For Those On A Budget

The Dell Inspiron 7000 series is the laptop for those on a budget. Under £500 it’s a great little laptop but you have to forgo some features like the ability to use it for high powered gaming and artwork. Having said that, the 13 inch and 15-inch models are great for the usual web browsing, word documents, powerpoints and homework. There’s even a 2-in1 model to enable you to use it as a tablet too.

Selling Your Old Laptop

If you’re buying a new Dell laptop due to your old one having to retire be sure to sell your old laptop to Cash In Your Gadgets. We’ll give you a quote on line for your old one and all you have to do is carefully package it up and arrange a collection. We’ll put the money into your chosen account and you’re ready to buy your new laptop.