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Grafik zeigt das Design der Medaillen für Tokio 2020, mit Erklärung wie sie aus recyceltem Material hergestellt wurden.

TOKIO 2020

Tokio Olympische Spiele mit recycelten Medaillen

By Ninian Carter

July 24, 2020 - August 9, 2020 - Die Medaillen der Tokio Olympischen Spiele werden aus recyceltem Material – kleine elektronische Geräte wie Mobilphones – hergestellt, das in ganz Japan iin den letzten zwei Jahren gesammelt wurde.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medals are made from recycled small electronic devices, gathered over a two year period from April 2017 to March 2019.

Municipal authorities collected 72,000 tonnes of small electronic waste from households right across Japan, while NTT Docomo (the predominant mobile phone operator) collected around six million old and unwanted handsets from members of the public.

The devices were then painstakingly dismantled so that tiny amounts of rare metals could be extracted before being refined and made ready for smelting. The final harvest includes 32kg of gold, 3,500kg of silver and 2,200kg of bronze (95% copper and 5% zinc).

Graphic designer Junichi Kawanishi won a nationwide competition to design the medals which he says symbolise the energy of athletes, the diversity of the games, and the warm glow of friendship.

Even the ribbon has been carefully considered, with its colours added through the addition of CO₂-friendly chemically-recycled polyester fibres.

PUBLISHED: 08/01/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press