Japan made Olympic medals from recycled gadgets
The authorities of Tokyo presented the Olympic medals of 2020 – the precious metal for them was extracted from unused gadgets.
In April 2017, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee launched a two-year campaign to collect electronic devices to extract metals and make awards. In total, the Japanese donated 78,895 tons of gadgets, including 6.21 million mobile phones. From devices managed to get 32 kg of gold, 3500 kg of silver and 2200 kg of bronze.
In the medals for the first place used more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver. Medals for second place are made of pure silver, while bronze medals are coated with red brass alloy and consist of 95% copper and 5% zinc.
The awards received the following dimensions: diameter 85 mm, thickness from 7.7 mm to 12.1 mm. The design of the Olympic medals in Tokyo was developed by Junichi Kavanishi. According to the rules of the IOC, the image on the medals includes five Olympic rings, the official name of the games and the Greek goddess of victory Nike.
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