The 2020 Summer Olympics are still 529 days away (yep, we’re counting down). But in a bit of cool news to help tide you over until then, The Guardian reported Friday, February 8th, that Tokyo 2020 medals will be made from recycled electronic waste, including discarded smartphones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.
Olympics organizers in Japan have collected more than 5 million phones since launching the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project in April 2017, according to the International Olympic Committee website. They’ll reveal the designs for the medals this summer.
Nearly 48,000 tons of soon-to-be-recycled smartphones and other devices had been collected as of November, officials said. At the time, they had already extracted enough bronze to make the required number of third-place medals. And they had secured close to 94% of the gold and 86% of the silver needed, too.
The project, which is scheduled to end in March, has proven immensely popular in Japan. It’s attracted support from roughly 90% of municipal authorities as well as athletes, students, and members of the public.
Medals made from recycled materials aren’t the only things to be excited about when it comes to Tokyo 2020, though.
As HelloGiggles previously reported, there are four new sports on the Olympics roster in 2020: karate, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing. Plus, both baseball and softball are making a comeback, too.
Meanwhile, we’re seriously looking forward to the anticipated returns of several Team USA Olympians, including all-around badass gymnast Simone Biles—who in August became the first female gymnast to win five all-around titles at the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
From recycled medals to dazzling feats of Olympic greatness, we can barely stand the anticipation. Brb, going to clear our calendars now.