Jan 25, 2019
Tokyo, January 25, 2019 (AFP) – The outfits of Japanese athletes and officials of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled material from used clothing, Asics, chosen to dress the Japanese delegation, announced on Friday.
This initiative of the Kobe-based company is part of the more general project of the Japanese capital to offer ecological and sustainable Olympic Games. The medals themselves will be created from metals (gold, silver, bronze) from discarded electronics.
Asics aims to collect some 30,000 used sportswear across Japan by May, to extract the polyester fibers that will be reduced to resin to create new clothes.
According to a spokesperson, the company also plans to use recycled PET plastic bottles (a variety of polymers) and other materials for making official clothing as well.
In the longer term, Asics hopes to use only recycled materials to collect the polyester needed to make its sportswear and shoes.
The day before this announcement, the Japanese brand Uniqlo unveiled its four-year contract with the Swedish Olympic Committee, regretting not having been able to equip its compatriots. “Naturally, we wanted to be the official brand of Japanese athletes, but we couldn’t for various reasons,” Tadashi Yanai, founder and CEO of Fast Retailing Group, Uniqlo’s parent company, told a conference. press in Tokyo.
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