Olympic champions take medals on recycled plastic

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The Tokyo Olympics will be remembered for many things, and recycled plastic podiums are among the novelties that will be talked about for a long time.

Although the games in Tokyo faced a number of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it turned out that recycling was not a challenge for the organizers who wanted to highlight the sustainable side of this sporting event in this way.

Months in advance, the public participated in this project by collecting plastic waste, while the design was credited to the Japanese designer Asao Tokolo, according to the official website of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Unlike the podium we have seen so far, Tokol’s podiums consist of 3D printed cubes weighing only 1.5 kg. These cubes are characterized by a three-dimensional interior, so the podiums always look different depending on the amount and angle of light.

The traditional Japanese shape in 3D form and the recognizable indigo color that Tokolo opted for are aimed at showing the world a blend of traditional and modern Japan. Of course, there is also the use of 3D technology in order to present the innovative technology that this country has mastered.

Since the creation of 3D cubes prevented the accumulation of plastic waste, the goal is not to throw these cubes at the end of the Olympic Games, but to become an exhibit in embassies, homes or museums – for memory and long memory. And a clean environment, of course.

Milena Maglovski

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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