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Tokyo 2020 Unveils New, Fully-Recycled Olympic Medals And They’re Gold
By Izza Sofia, 26 Jul 2019
The Games are getting more sustainable, as Tokyo 2020 has unveiled greener Olympic medals exactly a year before the start of the sporting events.
The organizing committee gathered electronic gadgets, extracting the metals to create fully-recycled, eco-friendly medals.
The medals were designed by Junichi Kawanishi, who emerged as the winner of a Tokyo 2020 medal design competition among 400 other contestants.
Kawanishi channeled light and brilliance in his design, resulting in the appearance of “rough, polished stones” with “concentric, overlapping rings.” The medals symbolize the light and energy drawn from the friendships of athletes and supporters.
The gold medal is made up of 550g of recycled silver and plated with 6g of recycled gold, while the silver is composed of 550g of recycled silver. The bronze medal, on the other hand, is made up of 450g of red brass.
These green medals will be hung from ribbons that are environmentally-friendly as well. Made from recycle polyester fibres, the ribbons have been envisioned to appear modern while reflecting traditional Japanese kimono layering techniques and patterns.
[via Creative Bloq, images via Tokyo 2020]
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