Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Frugal or Sustainable... Or Both?

Can you imagine if instead of chopping down a tree from (fill in the blank small town), New York City took a stand on sustainability? 

Now, don't get me wrong, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is as sustainable as they can make it, with LED lighting and solar power, but we could do better.  We could be more like... Lithuania?!
A Frugal Town in Lithuania Erects a Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles trees recycling Lithuania Christmas

For a third year, the city of Kaunas, Lithuania approached artist Jolanta Šmidtienė to assist with their annual holiday decorating. 

A Frugal Town in Lithuania Erects a Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles trees recycling Lithuania Christmas
Recognizing the city’s somewhat dire financial state, the artist challenged herself to build something beautiful and different, yet affordable. 

The result: an enormous 13-meter tall Christmas tree made from nearly 40,000 recycled Sprite bottles. 

At night the tree is lit from the inside resulting in a glowing, translucent, emerald green spruce that’s making headlines across the country.
A Frugal Town in Lithuania Erects a Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles trees recycling Lithuania Christmas

Now that's what I call putting the green in green.  Merry Christmas! (For more photos visit Design You Trust)

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