Olympic Medals Made From eWaste

4 Aug, 2021 13:23 IST|Sakshi Post
Pic Courtesy: Olympics Twitter

The Tokyo Olympics are going well and players are kept in the Olympic Village. Many things are happening for the first time in Olympics history. As we know, the organizers decided that this time the winners will wear their own medals. There has to be no contact whatsoever.

But there is something really extraordinary this time. The medals are helping with recycling the old products. Yes, the medals this time were made with recycled phones and other electronic devices. Japan’s citizens helped with the project. They donated old phones and other devices to the campaign. Toyko 2020 spokesperson Hitomi Kamizawa told that he is very happy with how it turned out.

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“The #Tokyo2020 Medal Project aims towards an innovative future for the world. From April 2017 to March 2019, small electronic devices including mobile phones were collected to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals,” wrote Tokyo 2020 on Twitter. It is not just for the Olympics, but the medals will be used for the Paralympics as well.

Japan’s medal project required the participation of the national government, hundreds of towns, businesses, schools, and other local communities. Everybody came together to make this campaign, a successful one. 70 pounds of gold, 7,700 pounds of silver, and 4,850 pounds of bronze were generated. This came from approximately 80 tonnes of small electronic gadgets like old mobile phones and other devices.

Actor Randeep Hooda took to Twitter and praised this campaign. “As a mark of where we are in our evolution today & the next step forward, the #Olympics2020 #medals are made of #Recycled IT waste. Over two years, the Tokyo Medal Project quietly collected 78,985 tons of electronic devices, including 6.21 million cell phones, from across Japan,” he wrote.

It is a thoughtful project which helps us take a tiny step forward towards helping with global environmental issues.

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