Stadium Wrap To Be Creatively Recycled

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Stadium Wrap To Be Creatively Recycled

While the future use and configuration of the Olympic Stadium remain uncertain, the engirdling wrap was only ever intended as a Games-time trimming. Some of the 306 plastic panels that comprise the wrap will be recycled to help disadvantaged people in Rio and Uganda.

The distinctive polyester-based pennants sparked one of the biggest outcries in the build up to the Games, when it emerged that their funding came from Dow Chemicals. The company's suitability was questioned by some because of its connections to the 1984 Bhopal disaster.

Given these ignominious  beginnings, it's good to hear that the wrap will be put to uses more noble than mere decoration. Twenty of the panels will be donated to charity Article 25, to build sheltered areas at a training and education project in Rio, and a vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Uganda.

The remaining panels will either be reused by British youth projects or ground down for recycling in other ways. However, if the two overseas projects are successful, Dow might pass a few on to other schemes. The steel support cables will also be recycled, for example, on projects to build suspension bridges in Africa.

Last Updated 15 August 2012

Ted Jeory

I think you're being far too hasty to praise Dow, or lap up what are essentially their press releases on this. I investigated this wrap business at length last year. There was a rival bidder, of which Architen Landrell was part, that had costed the wrap at £1.5m and not the incorrect £7m mythical figure disingenuously pumped out by Locog and lapped up without question by the likes of the BBC.

For its legacy offer, that rival bidder was to donate small pieces of the wrap to 20,000 schools in the UK as a long lasting framed souvenir of the Olympics.

Arguably, that's that's a far more inspiring legacy than creating limited lifespan tents. Dow is of course free to donate the kind of fabric it made for the wrap to aid charities whenever it likes, not only to organisations in Uganda, but also in Bhopal.

But I'll hold my breath on that one.

See my Trial by Jeory blog for more details about the wrap investigation, but the schools idea is reported here http://trialbyjeory.wordpress....

Colin Toogood

Yes, well said Ted. Also, take note that there is only a 'definite' proposal to use 20 pieces. Then it gets a bit vague about 'youth projects' and er, grinding it down for 'recycling'. Recycled into what exactly? I've not heard any convincing suggestion and Dow themselves, at one stage, described a potential end use as "extracting the calorific value" from the material i.e. burning it.