The recently released Tokyo 2020 Olympic Podiums, launched in partnership with Procter & Gamble, are constructed with 3D printed sustainable materials in a move toward environmentally friendly designs. The podiums, which were developed by Professor Tanaka Hiroya of Keio University, are printed using recycled plastics that were collected from over 2,000 locations around Japan.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Podiums highlight the iconic ringed symbol set in the center. The Olympic/Paralympic symbol is made from recycled aluminum repurposed from the temporary housing established after the major 2011 earthquake in Japan. The podium's textured 'ichimatsu moyo’ pattern pays homage to Japanese design and adds a layer of dimensionality. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, which were postponed due to the ongoing global pandemic, will run from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021.
Image Credit: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Podiums are Printed with Recycled Plastic
1. Sustainable 3D Printing - The use of recycled plastics or other sustainable materials in 3D printing for various applications such as manufacturing of everyday items and construction of buildings and structures.
2. Circular Economy - The development of business models that promote the reuse, repair, and recycling of materials to minimize waste and promote sustainability.
3. Green Packaging - The use of eco-friendly and sustainable materials in packaging, such as biodegradable plastics and recycled paper-based packaging.
1. Sports Equipment - Opportunity to use sustainable materials in the manufacturing of sports equipment such as balls, rackets, and shoes.
2. Architecture and Construction - Incorporating sustainable materials and circular economy principles in the construction of buildings and structures.
3. Consumer Packaged Goods - Opportunity for consumer packaged goods companies to transition to eco-friendly and sustainable packaging materials.