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It’s just shy of one year until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kick off, and they’ve finally unveiled specifics on the medals that will be handed out next year. The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee held a competition with more than 400 professional designers and design students, and Junichi Kawanishi was the ultimate winner with his design for gold, silver and bronze medals made from recycled materials. The final product for the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project involved the collection of nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones and small electronic devices–that’s roughly over 6 million phones according to some reports–around Japan so they could harvest enough material over the the two years of the drive to create the roughly 5,000 medals for the ceremonies. The end result is a fantastically gorgeous combination of modern design and recycled materials that are equally as attractive as they are sustainable… despite the fact that it took a significant amount of time and effort to harvest the raw materials.

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We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”