With all the doom and gloom of 2019 behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to the year ahead, and one event sure to have us all hooked (despite the annoying time difference) is the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In keeping with their sustainability commitment, the host city Tokyo has just revealed that athletes will be sleeping on recycled cardboard beds at the Games.
Yes, athletes will be sleeping on cardboard at Tokyo 2020. The bed frames have been crafted from recyclable cardboard, while the mattresses for the beds will be formed of polyethylene materials. Following the games, the mattresses will be recycled into plastics and the apartment units, which are located in Tokyo Bay, will be sold with prices starting at around ¥50 million JPY (around £350,000).
In case you need more specific numbers, 18,000 beds will be needed for the Olympics, and 8,000 for the Paralympics. The beds will be 2.10 metres long and manufacturers say they will be able to support a weight of about 200kg, which is apparently more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
In addition to the cardboard beds, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals have also been made entirely out of recycled consumer devices, while the Olympic torch is made from aluminium waste and the podiums are made from recycled household and marine plastic waste. Even electricity used during the Olympics will come from renewable sources.
While the air-miles athletes and spectators will no doubt put in may not make up for Tokyo’s sustainable efforts, it’s still good to see they’re doing their bit. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020 and the Paralympics from 25 August to 6 September 2020. Find out more on the Tokyo 2020 website.
In other sustainability news, late last year coastal-ready Cornish label Finisterre unveiled their latest collaboration with Vans. Building on a partnership first formed in 2017, the latest collection is Vans’ most sustainable footwear range ever.