One Cool Olympic Thing: Recyclable Beds for the Athletes

Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP

If you are like us, you are really looking forward to the summer Olympics!  The Tokyo games are going to be the greenest ever — and that goes even for the beds that the athletes will sleep in.  According to the Associated Press, the athletes’ bed frames will be made of super-strong cardboard that is strong enough to hold someone who weighs 440 lbs.  Both the beds and the mattresses are recyclable — the frames will be recycled into paper products and the mattresses will be recycled into plastic products after the games — a first. They are expecting 18,000 athletes at the games.  The manager of the Olympic Village laughed off a question about the beds’ ability to withstand a victory celebration, saying jokingly, “Of course, wood and cardboard would each break if you jumped on them.”

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