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Japan Suggests Using Recycled Materials for Medals at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

By Carly Sitzer

Sustainability will be at the heart of the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020 — and now, Japanese olympic organizers have made a suggestion that will bring the focus on sustainability front and center at the summer games: They want to make medals out of recycled materials.

If they go through with the idea, the gold, silver, and bronze medals — awarded to athletes who place first, second, and third, respectively — will be created using materials from discarded and recycled electronics, such as cell phones and computers. 

According to The Telegraph, the concept was first shared by members of a 19-person task force focused on developing a “legacy plan” for the 2020 Olympics, with the focus on  creating a positive legacy.