The whole world will gather on Friday July 24th, 2020 to witness the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, and this time the goal is to spread a message of environmental sustainability to the world.

Since 2017, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games collected small electronic devices from all over Japan to produce the Olympic Medals, and in March 2019 the project was finished. All gold, silver and bronze medals are made out A total of 78,985 tons of metals from recycled and used cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, and cameras!

What makes the project special is the public interest and assistance from Japan’s citizens who powered the creation of the roughly 5000 medals for the Games. In total, around 70 pounds of gold, more than 7,000 pounds of silver and almost 5,000 pounds of bronze were gathered from hundreds of local sources.

Local municipal authorities gathered more than 6 million mobile phones from stores across Japan, and more than 78,000 tons of other small electronic devices. These electronic devices were classified, dismantled and then smelted, where the gold, silver and bronze are extracted to create the medals.

The Committee also looks to establish a theme of resourcefulness for the games and contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society by using recycled household and marine plastic to create podiums for the medal ceremonies. Moreover, the metal that isn’t used in the medals will be used for medals in local competitions in the future.

Are you reading this article from your smartphone? You never know, your own gadget might just be part of a Gold medal in future Olympic games near you!

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It’s hard to think that a device that plays such an important role in modern everyday life could be considered an addiction. The truth is that around 60 to 70 per cent of smartphone owners describe themselves as “too reliant” on them, and the average adult spends approximately from 2 to 4 hours on their smartphone every day.

From drivers using phones behind the wheel and an increase in injuries on pedestrians related to their mobiles to it impacting their social life and even mental health, smartphone addiction is a very real issue. It can also worsen our concentration, as frequent distraction from our smartphones affects the capability of the brain to maintain a longer focus in any activity.

Don’t get hooked! Social Media apps are designed to produce short-term, dopamine-driven loops on their users, so they can crave them at any time and any place. Social media stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers as much as what food and sex do. This can be especially valuable for social media platforms, as they can sell advertisers the attention of millions of people.

While there is nothing inherently addictive about mobile phones, potentially being in contact with 2 billion people around the world, and thousands of games and movies being at the reach of a person’s pocket can create a strong attachment between the owner and the smartphone. Increased levels of smartphone use can ultimately relate to anxiety and depression, poor sleep quality and risk or car accidents.

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