Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals are being made using electronic waste

New Delhi: On Wednesday, to mark a year’s countdown to Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the organisers unveiled the design of the medals that will be made using electronic waste. According to the official site of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones and small electronic devices around Japan was collected in two years’ time, which will be further used in the crafting gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal at next year’s games. Roughly, around 5,000 medals will be given out that will weigh in at between 556 and 450 grams each and will be manufactured from metal extracted from mobile phones and other small electronics donated by the Japanese public as part of a campaign to make Tokyo 2020 eco-friendly.

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Tokyo 2020 organisers believe that the medals symbolize the energy of athletes, as well as the diversity of the games. It also represents Japanese culture, with the ribbon showing off modernized ichimatsu moyo (checkered patterns) and kasane no irome (kimono layering techniques). The Tokyo 2020 colors are also added to the ribbon through co2-friendly chemically-recycled polyester fibers. Sharing details about the project, the official statement from Tokyo 2020 organisers said,

As a result of the two-year donation drive, Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals completely will be made using recycled electronics items. Through this project, we aim to recycle a small amount of electronic waste in an effective manner and contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society and hope that the same message will spread in the entire world.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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