Its hard to hate on Japan. I mean, yes they did occupy our country back in the day but people did all sorts of questionable shit back then. These days, the country is all about sustainability. With the country set to host the 2020 Olympics, Japan seems hellbent on making the theme for the games all about the 3 R’s
The medals for the games have been fashioned entirely out of recycled tech devices, while the Olympic torch itself is made from aluminium waste. The podiums for the top three finishers? Made entirely from recycled household and marine plastic waste. Heck, even the electricity that will be used during the event will come from renewable sources.
And that’s not even the end of it! Today, host city Tokyo unveiled recycled cardboard beds that the athletes will be sleeping on. That’s right, Olympic athletes at the 2020 games will be sleeping on cardboard beds.
Of course, it’s not the actual mattresses that will be made of cardboard but the bed frames, which have been crafted from recyclable cardboard. The mattresses itself will be made out of polyethylene materials that, you guessed it, will be reused for plastic products after the games conclude. These cardboard beds will be 2.10 metres long and will be able to support a weight of up to 200kg, which is quite impressive seeing as it’s, you know, made of cardboard and all.
A total of 18,000 beds will be needed for the Olympics, and 8000 for the Paralympics, which means that there will be a total of 26,000 beds that will be recycled after the Olympics concludes. With the world pushing for a more sustainable future, Japan is leading the way in what is surely to be an Olympic games to remember. The Tokyo Olympics will wake place between July 24 and August 9 2020, with the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.