The single bed frames in the Athletes’ Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. (AP: Jae C. Hong)
Athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on nets made of recyclable cardboard, with mattresses made of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the Games.
Environmentally-conscious sleep arrangements were put on display for the first time on Thursday for the media in a fake apartment in Tokyo 2020 headquarters, although construction of residential sections of the Olympic and Paralympic village was completed in December.
The construction of some common areas of the Olympic village, such as the main dining room and the village square, is still ongoing.
Overall, 18,000 beds will be needed in the village, located in Tokyo Bay and within sight of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, during the Olympics that will begin on July 24th. For the Paralympics only 8,000 beds will be needed.
With 2.10 meters in length, the beds should be suitable for everyone except the tallest athletes, and the manufacturer, Airweave, is confident that he can support a weight of about 200 kilograms, which is more than any athlete weighed in the Rio Games 2016.
After the Games, its housing units will be sold privately, with prices starting at just over 50 million yen ($ 665,800).
The organizers are making a concerted effort to reduce the carbon emissions generated by the Games, according to an environmental researcher on the city’s task force.
All medals will be made of metal extracted from recycled consumer electronics, including around 6.2 million used cell phones.
The Olympic torch consists of aluminum waste and podiums from recycled domestic and marine plastic waste.
The electricity for the games will come from renewable sources.