Tokyo Olympic 2020 Shows off Medals Harvested From Old & Unused Phones

Sujan Koirala 9 Aug, 2019

The phone you are using right now may not be the first phone you used. As smartphones are launching daily, the older phones used to get outdated very soon and we start to feel boring while using that phone. So, the question arises, what you did to your older phones? Given to the parents or thrown to the dumping site?. Japan has done very beautiful work to make proper use of older and outdated smartphones and other electronics. They announce the Medals for Tokyo Olympics made from recycled electronics.

Japan, an island country in East Asia, never fails to amaze peoples around the Globe. The most recent amazing and beautiful work done by Japan is ‘Making of Tokyo Olympic Medal’. The next Olympics is going to be held in Tokyo, Japan next year and the Japanese have recently unveiled the medals which are built from the Recycled Electronics.

In April 2017, The Tokyo Organizing Committee had launched a two-year campaign to collect donated electronics from citizens to extract metals from them. The committee collected 78,894 tons of gadgets which includes 6.21 Million phones. As a result, 32Kg of Gold, 3,500Kg of Silver and 2,200Kg of Bronze had been extracted.

After this successful campaign, the organizing committee had made medals from those recycled phones design by Junichi Kawanishi. The so made medals are 85mm in diameter, 7.7mm at their thinnest part and 12.1mm at their thickest

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In the words of the Organizing Committee, the medals are made to ”resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine brightly, reflecting the athlete's journey from beginner to Olympic champion. The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolizing the energy of the athletes and those who support them

Let's take a moment and appreciate Japanese for these beautiful works towards the environment.


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