In a bid to promote recycling and sustainability the Olympic medals at the Tokyo 2020 games will be crafted from precious metals that have been sourced from old technology.
Technology like laptops and smartphones are created using precious metals that can be sourced after the product has reached its lifespan in order to ensure as much of the materials within the item is reused. Japanese Olympics officials have taken this to a new level by opening the recycling up on a grander scale to produce the 5,000 medals needed entirely from gold, silver and bronze that has been found in old electronics.
Speaking on the new recycled Olympic medals, Japanese gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medallist, Kohei Uchimura, said, "Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be made out of people’s thoughts and appreciation for avoiding waste. I think there is an important message in this for future generations."
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