Tokyo 2020 Olympians Will Be Sleeping On Recyclable Cardboard Beds
By Izza Sofia, 10 Jan 2020
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The Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 has announced that its athletes will be sleeping on beds made out of cardboard.
NBC News reported that the Olympic Village will be offering over 18,000 beds with the frames made entirely out of cardboard to athletes competing in the Games.
After the event, the cardboard will be recycled into paper products. The mattresses, on the other hand, will be repurposed into plastic items since they aren’t made of cardboard.
The beds are built in line with the sustainability concept of the Tokyo Games: “Be better, together—For the planet and the people.” The organizers teamed up with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan to ensure zero waste throughout the event.
While you might be wondering if the cardboard frame is sturdy enough to sleep in, general manager of the Athletes Village Takashi Kitajima reassures with The Associated Press that the beds are “stronger than wooden beds.”
He details that the frames are capable of withstanding up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds). The beds measure at almost six feet and 11 inches long, and are designed to accommodate even the tallest of athletes.
The Olympic Village is set to be completed in June.
Cardboard beds await Tokyo 2020 Olympic athletes. The environmentally conscious sleeping arrangements were put on display for the first time at a mock apartment in Tokyo https://t.co/JXPgrqRZ1W pic.twitter.com/it1A885EPV— Reuters (@Reuters) January 9, 2020
Tokyo Olympic Village 2020.— Manoj Tiwari (@Manoj100MB) January 10, 2020
official village is finished. An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village.
Two sets of bedroom furniture, including cardboard beds, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Villages are shown in a display room on Jan. 9, 2020. pic.twitter.com/XLGf8NE9BY
[via CNBC, Tokyo 2020 opening image via Shutterstock]
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