Last week the Tokyo Organizing committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games revealed their design for the Tokyo 2020 games and the 5000 gold, silver and bronze medals have been made using materials from recycled electronics and mobile phones donated by the public.
“We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” Tokyo 2020 said.
The medals symbolize the energy of athletes, as well as the diversity of the games, Tokyo 2020 said, while their brilliant “signifies the warm glow of friendship.”
The collection period for the donations ran from April 2017 until the end of March this year and a staggering 78,985 tons of small electronics devises (including mobile phones) was collected by municipal authorities and approx. 6.21 million mobiles were collected by NTT docomo shops across Japan.
This accounted for approximately 32kg of Gold, 3,500kg of Silver and 2,200kg of Bronze.
The overall design of the medals are very representative of Japanese culture with the ribbon showing off modernized ichimatsu moyo (checkered patterns) and kasane no irome (kimono layering techniques).
The Tokyo 2020 colours are added to the ribbon through more co2-friendly chemically-recycled polyester fibres. Adding another layer of environmentally friendly practices.