People in Japan Donated Their Phones to Make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals

Back in 2017, Japan announced its plans to create the 5,000 Olympic medals from old, recycled tech devices, such as smartphones and tablets. It sounded a bit far fetch, as the organizers of the next Olympic Games would have needed 78,985 tons of old electronic devices from which extract 66.8 pounds of gold, 9,039 pounds of silver, and 5,952 pounds of bronze.

The committee had some exciting news to share at the beginning of August, and the story went viral quickly. 

People in Japan Rose to the Occasion

Everyone was a bit skeptical regarding the success of this campaign. While it’s true that 16% of the world’s gold and 22% of its silver can be found inside tech all over Japan, the truth of the matter is that most of it is recycled to make new electronic devices. Many found it difficult to believe that people in Japan would give up new tech to help out. 

They were all wrong as it turns out.

The organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games recently announced that they managed to collect all the gold, silver, and bronze needed to create 5,000 Olympic medals. People donated six million phones to make this happen. 

Before the London 2012 Olympic Games, the organizers harvested 9.6kg of gold, 1,210kg of silver and 700kg of copper to make its medals. Japan, in the meantime, was discarding 143kg of gold, 1,566kg of silver and 1,112 tons of copper through electronics.

The Medals Aren’t the Only Recycled Artefact

The organizers announced that the medals aren’t going to be the only recycled item during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The podiums will be made from recycled plastic and the costumes that the torchbearers will wear will be created from plastic bottles. 

Over to You

It’s encouraging to see people putting their personal needs on the side to help achieve a common goal.