Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic medals made from old mobile phones

25th July 2019

5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals were made using recycled materials from small electronic devices.

Japan’s Tokyo 2020 has unveiled its Olympic medals which have been made from recycled mobile phones.

Small electronic devices such as mobile phones were sourced from all over Japan to create 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals, according to the official Tokyo 2020 website.

The initiative was undertaken by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Plans for creating the medals using recycled electronics were unveiled back in February 2017, when the committee asked the public to donate any unwanted and discarded phones.

Gold, silver and bronze were extracted from the phones, using the same method as in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Tokyo is hosting the 2020 summer Olympic games, the 29th of its kind. Beijing is set to host the winter 2022 winter Olympic games.

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