Old Phones Will Become Gold Medals for 2020 Games in Tokyo

By Christina Warren on at

When the Olympic Games hit Tokyo in 2020, the Olympic organising committee hopes the medals awarded to athletes will be made out of recycled smartphones and other gadgets.

According to The Japan Times, organisers have asked the Japanese public to donate their old phones to be used for the creation of the gold, silver, and bronze medals. They’ll need to manufacture 5,000 medals, which will require the collection of eight tonnes of metal.

In previous Olympics, recycled materials have been used in the medal creation process, but officials say that Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that the medals will be forged from materials inside old gadgets. Organisers are saying that the gold medals will be made from 100 per cent recycled material.

To collect the necessary gadgets, the organising committee is partnering with NTT Docomo (Japan’s biggest telecom) and the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center to gather gadgets. Japanese citizens can dump off their old phones at collection boxes across 2,400 NTT Docomo stores across Japan.

Officials say they’ll need millions of phones in order to meet their goal. Just think about how cool it would be to wear a gold medal that you know was made from discarded bits of an old Nokia. [The Japan Times via Pocket-Lint]