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Tokyo 2020 Olympics could make medals out of recycled smartphones

by Ron Duwell | August 23, 2016August 23, 2016 3:30 pm PST

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Japanese business magazine Nikkei is reporting that Japan wants to take an environmental stance when gathering up the metal it needs to make Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

For the sake of promoting sustainability, organizers are reportedly going to turn to the public to recycle their unused smartphones and turn them into Olympic immortality. Generally, the standard practice for gathering gold, silver, and copper is to ask mining companies for generous donations. However, Japan feels that it can gather the necessary metal from its “urban mine” over the next four years.

Organizers are also going to turn to Japan’s biggest electronics companies to educate people on the process of recycling phones.

And what’s a better way to do that than to use your recently appointed electronic spokesman?!

Man, I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that video. Let’s get on it, Nintendo! If you’re still looking for ways to make statements about healthy lifestyles, this is a worthy cause to take up.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...