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Rio’s Olympic rings made of recycled plastics

Brazil – A producer of refillable bottles is behind the creation of the Olympic rings currently decorating the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Measuring six by three metres, the recycled plastic rings have been located next to the Olympic beach volleyball stadium.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Dopper fabricates refillable plastic bottles and, in doing so, claims to be playing its part in helping to reduce the rapidly-growing volume of plastic waste around the globe.

The collaboration between Dopper and Rio de Janeiro is intended to underline the city’s sustainability ambitions, which have already emerged as a major theme of these Olympic Games.

Dopper’s Olympic rings will remain on Copacabana beach until the end of August before being exhibited at the city’s renowned Maracanã Stadium. Dopper is also making rings for the upcoming Paralympic Games.

And according to the company, the Japanese capital Tokyo will possibly use the rings to promote a circular economy at the 2020 Olympic Games to be staged in the city.

Back in July, meanwhile, Dopper unveiled a plastic Madonna – a 12-metre-high artwork made of PET bottles collected with the help of locals during beach clean-ups.

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