Tokyo Olympics 2020 medals to be designed and crafted from electronic waste

With the Olympics comping up next year, a sustainability initiative is taken by the Tokyo 2020 by recycling medals.

The Tokyo Olympic Games is to begin next year and for that, the committee has come up with a new notion of making medals from recycled devices. Recently, the organizing committee has unveiled the designs of the medal that will be awarded in the next Tokyo 2020. The nationwide competition was held where the professional designers and design student presented their designs. Around 400 entries were recorded and it was really a difficult task to choose the appropriate design. The design presented by Junichi Kawanishi received the honour by Director of the Japan Sign Design Association and the Osaka Design Society.

The design of the medal acts as a symbol of the Olympic theme of diversity and friendship. It also represents the energy of the athletes and those who support them. The tangled design of 5,000 medals will reflect the triumph of the athletes on a daily basis.

Tokyo took the initiative of the recycling medal project, under the theme “Be better, together – for the planet and the people”. The main aim of TOCOG is to make Olympics sustainable and environmentally friendly games. The project is making a collection for the medal from the past 2 years. The metal is basically extracted from recycled consumer electronics. The people of Japan made huge donations and immense support to the project. They came with the idea where Signature yellow donation boxes were placed in post offices and on street corners all over the country so that people can place their donation anytime. Approx  1,300 educational institutions and 2,100 electronics retail stores across Japan supported the project to grow. A total of 78,985 tons of discarded devices were collected, which were then classified, dismantled and melted down by highly trained contractors. At the end of the collection which was on 31st March 2019, 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze were received.

The medal cases and ribbons also have a different story to tell. Each of them pays tribute to the ancient traditions of Japanese craftsmanship and the Olympic values. The ribbons reflect Japan itself, and its demonstration of unity in diversity. The sustainability initiative does not end here, even the victory ceremony podiums are to be created from recycled household and marine plastic waste. We hope the recycle initiative taken by the Tokyo 2020 goes around in all the upcoming Olympics.

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