Environment friendly Christmas tree

Yes, the time of Christmas is coming and ever since mid November the season, santas, gifts and special offers seem to be jumping at you from every corner and every shop window. Soon it will also be the time of cutting countless trees of different sizes (is the NY city Christmas tree natural, does anyone know?) to make them Christmas trees which only will last for 2 weeks and then be dead. Not a very environment-friendly approach, in my personal opinion. The view might be harsh but isn’t that so? Maybe this year, for a change, it would be an idea to create a Christmas tree which would break that scheme.

This seems to have been the idea of the municipality of the city of Kaunas, Lithuania who approached artist Jolanta Šmidtienė to assist with their annual holiday decorating. Recognizing the city’s somewhat dire financial state the artist challenged herself to build something that wouldn’t rely on any administrative funds set aside for the event.  A a result an enormous 13-meter tall Christmas tree made from nearly 40,000 recycled green bottles and zip ties was erected in the central point of the city. At night the tree is lit from the inside resulting in a glowing, translucent, emerald green spruce that’s making headlines across the country.

So, municipalities of the world, what do you think?



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