Eden Project's Unique Christmas Tree

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As with any other place this time of the year, a 10m (33ft), beautifully decorated Christmas tree is the focal point of all Christmas activities at Cornwall's Eden Project. However, this is no ordinary Douglas Fir or Pine tree.

Instead, this unique tree has been assembled entirely from plastic bags and recycled bottles.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the entire world, the tree was first conceived of last year, by British artist Pete Hill. It was such a success that they decided to do it again this year.

The 33ft-high structure was 'constructed' using over 22, 500 plastic bags, artistically tied to resemble ornaments. A similar number of plastic bottles were beautifully carved up as 'flowers'.

The larger-than-life angel, which adorns the top of the tree is also fully recyclable and comprises of an old shop mannequin, dressed up in recycled industrial plastic.

In addition to this amazing tree, the staff of Eden Project also constructed another unique tree - This one made entirely out of cardboard - that they are giving away to one lucky family!

The director of the Eden Project (www.edenproject.com), a charity whose mission is to educate the public about all the R's, which besides, Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, include Respect, Rethink, Refuse, Renew, and Rebuy, said that while they love the idea of a giant Christmas tree, they did not wish to destroy a live tree.

Also, both the trees are great ways for people to realize that there are many beautiful alternatives to a Douglas Fir or Pine Trees.

Even if they don't build a tree, it may inspire them to think about reusing plastic bags, instead of trashing them!

The tree will be on display until January 6th, after which it will be recycled in its entirety.

if you wish to learn about how you and your school can help our environment by recycling more, check out www.recyclenow.com/schools for some great tips.

Sources: Edenproject.com

Making of our Cardboard Christmas Tree from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

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