Old Phones Will Become Gold Medals for 2020 Games in Tokyo

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Image: Getty

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


According to The Japan Times, organizers 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 tons 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. Organizers are saying that the gold medals will be made from 100 percent recycled material. Neat!

To collect the necessary gadgets, the organizing 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-ass 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]

Christina is a senior writer at Gizmodo.


“The IOC regrets to announce that we are recalling all medals from the 2020 Tokyo games that were made from recycled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones”