Startup is making the olympics greener

This post was originally published on The Economic Times

PARIS: The world’s best athletes will receive their gold medals at the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer while standing on trash. Recycled food containers, to be exact.

The silver-coloured Olympic podiums, being raised across France, were made in a small factory on the outskirts of Paris by a startup called Le Pavé using 100% recycled plastic. It’s a first for any Olympic Games.

“There is an overabundance of plastic that is harming the environment, but which also has proven economic potential if it can be repurposed,” said Maurius Hamelot, 29, the co-founder of Le Pavé, as he darted around his plant, a converted former steel foundry.
That’s not all: Le Pavé also made 11,000 bleacher seats for two nearby sports arenas that were built for the Games — all manufactured from used shampoo bottles and millions of multicoloured bottle caps.

Just a few years ago, the company had only three employees. But an unexpected call from Olympic organisers led to a beefy contract, and the company has expanded to a staff of 34 and opened two factories. In the process, it has become a poster child for the Paris Olympic committee, which has pledged to make these Olympic Games the greenest in

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