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The organizing committee of 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games decided that the beds athletes will sleep in at the next Olympic and Paralympic games will include cardboard frames made from high-resistance cardboard and mattresses made of polyethylene materials that can be recycled.

The beds were unveiled in September 2019. The measure is part of Tokyo 2020’s plans to be more environmentally friendly.

According to the organizing committee, 18,000 beds are needed for the Olympic village and 8,000 beds for the Paralympic village. All of the bed frames will be made from high-resistance cardboard, which will be able to support weights of up to 200kg/ 440 lbs.

The committee said that it aims to minimize resource waste in its use of materials during the Olympics and has set a target of 99% of items and goods procured for the games being reused or recycled afterwards.
After the games, the beds will be recycled into new paper products and the mattress components into new plastic products.

“This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that all villages’ beds and bedding are made almost entirely from renewable materials,” organizers explained.