Tokyo 2020 bedding to be recyclable

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Model beds were showcased to media for the first time on Thursday (9 January)

Bedding at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be made from recyclable materials.

Those staying in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages will be sleeping on beds made from high-resistance, lightweight cardboard, able to support a weight of up to 200kg.

These will be recycled into paper products following the Games.

The mattresses, which are made of polyester and polyethylene components, will be recycled into new plastic products.

The 18,000 Olympic Village and 8,000 Paralympic Village beds will be provided by airweave, an official Tokyo 2020 partner company.

This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that bedding is almost entirely made from renewable materials.

The initiative is just one element of the Tokyo Games’ commitment to sustainability.

The organising committee has set a target of 99% of items and goods procured for the Games being reused or recycled afterwards, and the event is governed by the sustainability principle “Be better, together – for the planet and the people”.

All medals at the event will be made from metals extracted from used consumer electronics such as mobile phones, collected from across Japan.

Renewable energy will be used at competition venues, broadcast and media centres, and in the Villages.

The Olympic torch is made from recycled aluminium.

Jessica Alexander, executive director at the National Bed Federation, said: “It’s great to see that sustainability is so high on the agenda at the Tokyo Games – and the approach to the 26,000 beds needed shows the progress suppliers are currently making in developing innovative new products which can be easily recycled, ideal for such circumstances.

“Let’s just hope that all the athletes find them comfortable and get the sleep they need for optimal performance as well.”


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