Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals were made from old smartphones and computers

Medalhas olímpicas de Tóquio 2020 foram feitas de smartphones e computadores antigos

These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 showed some particularities prepared by the Japanese organization. From beds made of cardboard, to the Olympic torch made of aluminum waste, to the medals produced by recycling technological devices.

According to the Sapo portal, the people of Japan helped recycle smartphones and computers to produce the Olympic medals.

Olympic Games medal has "parts" of smartphones and computers

The athletes that get on the podium, which by the way is made of plastic waste, receive their medals. A "prize" is placed around the necks of the first three classified, something that everyone aspires to.

The Olympic medal is, in these Olympics, even more special. The manufacture of these medals came from a project that recycled old electronic devices, such as smartphones and laptops. Thus, with this reused material, it was possible to produce the Olympic medals that are being handed out at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

For the people of Japan, the project offered a unique opportunity to participate in the Games.

"The campaign called on the public to donate obsolete electronic devices to the project. We appreciate everyone's cooperation," Toquio 2020 spokesperson Hitomi Kamizawa said in a statement.

The project took advantage of the fact that millions of precious metals, such as gold and silver, which are used in electronic devices, are discarded annually around the world.

This results from people's habits of throwing away or burning devices instead of depositing them in the right places to be recycled.

So there was a nationwide effort over two years in Japan to collect enough recycled material to produce about 5,000 bronze, silver and gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Some 90% of Japan's cities, towns and villages participated by setting up donation collection sites where hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens donated their old electronic devices.

The recycling campaign produced 32 kilos of gold, 3 493 kilos of silver, and 2 200 kilos of bronze. All from nearly 80 tons of small electronic devices, such as old phones and laptops.

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