Thursday, 17 October 2019
The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will offer beds made out of cardboard for athletes with suitable mattresses, manufactured of polythene.
The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will offer beds made out of cardboard for athletes.
The announcement was made by the Game’s organizing committee, and the innovative sleeping solutions will be provided by the Japanese bedding company Airweave.
The brand will supply the Olympic camp with 18,000 "high resistance lightweight cardboard” beds with suitable mattresses, manufactured of polythene.
The Paralympians will be offered different sleeping solutions, accounting 8,000 beds, adjusted to their needs.
According to Takashi Kitajima, the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Village representative, this decision was made with athletes’ comfort in mind, but also to support one of the most important principles of the Games’ organizers: sustainability.
After the Games’ end, the beds will be recycled into paper products, while the mattresses into new plastic products, according to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officials.
This will mark in history the first time the Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be sleeping on beds made out of completely renewable materials.
According to the official Facebook unveiling, the cardboard frames can support up to 441 pounds.
The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Will Wait for its Athletes with Recyclable “Cardboard” Beds