Tokyo 2020 To Create Podiums With Recycled Plastics
By Taruka Srivastav | June 12, 2019
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has joined forces with Worldwide Olympic Partner Procter & Gamble to utilise the events as a means to promote sustainability.
As part of the initiative, Tokyo 2020 is asking Japanese people to provide household plastic waste, aiming to recycle this to produce the podiums that will be used during award ceremonies for all events at the Games.
There will be collection boxes for discarded plastic placed in aronud 2,000 retail outlets of Japanese retail chain, AEON. AEON will forward the plastics to P&G, who is a partner company in the project after signing up as a gold partner of the Paralympics back in August.
Furthermore, Olympic and Paralympic medals will be manufactured from precious metals recovered from used consumer electronic appliances such as mobile phones. Tokyo 2020 established the sustainability concept of the Games as “Be better, together – for the planet and the people”, and is running numerous sustainability projects under this banner.