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Tokyo 2020 athletes to sleep on recyclable cardboard beds

Airweave to provide 18,000 beds for Olympians as organisers continue sustainability drive.

by Sam Carp

Tokyo 2020 athletes to sleep on recyclable cardboard beds

The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has revealed that athletes will sleep on recyclable cardboard beds during the event.

Japanese bedding company Airweave, which is an official partner of Tokyo 2020, will provide 18,000 beds equipped with polyethylene mattresses for Olympic athletes, with a further 8,000 to be supplied at the Paralympic Village.

Each of the beds will be made from ‘high resistance lightweight cardboard’, while organisers say the mattresses have been specifically designed to improve sleeping. Each bed will come with a blue and white duvet featuring a square pattern and the Games logos.

‘They will be recycled into paper products after the Games, with the mattress components recycled into new plastic products,’ said a news release seen by Inside the Games. ‘This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that all beds and bedding are made almost entirely from renewable materials.’

The move marks the latest sustainable initiative to be announced for Tokyo 2020. Organisers have already confirmed that the podiums used at the Olympics will be made from recycled plastic, while medals are to be manufactured out of recycled electronic waste.