You are here: Home Environment Try An Eco Friendly Christmas Tree Try An Eco Friendly Christmas Tree by Keiren April 22, 2016, 4:26 pm 15 Comments Upcycled, recycled, reused eco-friendly Christmas trees are a sustainable alternative to chopping down a living tree, or buying a tree that’s been chopped down and shipped to you. Christmas tree farms are a classic example of monoculture, where a single crop is cultivated in a wide area. Row after row of similar trees does not make for a healthy, diversified ecosystem. In order to keep trees healthy, most Christmas tree farmers use pesticides. After Christmas, millions of trees are thrown away. Some cities, like Seattle, take trees left curbside directly to a compost facility. In other cities, like Pittsburgh, residents must take trees to a designated drop-off location. These recycled trees are chipped into mulch, burned for fuel, some even end up as marine habitat. But every area has tree pickup—many end up in landfills. New plastic Christmas trees can be reused, but will eventually end up in the landfill too. So consider making your tree from materials that have already been used, or that you already have. Get creative! Tree-Cycle, The Rocks, Sydney. 100 bikes that were on there way to be recycled take a pose as a Christmas tree before their ultimate destined meltdown. The frames were painted green, the wheels multi colors. The top of the tree is comprised of front forks and tires. Source CD Christmas Tree with tape blanket by Tom Deninger for Chelsea Market, 2010 tomdeiningerart.com https://www.instagram.com/p/-ib3gfOdYI/ Haifa, Israel. Ernest and Hadas Itzcovitch used 5480 recycled plastic bottles to build this Christmas tree, with the intent to raise awareness of our need to be more diligent recyclers. Source As below. Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. The tree is made entirely of recycled materials – including 22,500 plastic bags. The top angel is made from cling wrap and milk bottles. Source Plastic bottle tree, New Market Calcutta, India. Flickr photo by alipta. As below. Designpack plastic bottle trees, Paris. The DesignPack Gallery is dedicated to the art packaging. They sell a cardboard version of the above tree – save your green bottles. www.designpackgallery.fr Plastic Bottle tree, Paris, as above. Source Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree by Jolanta Smidtienė of Kaunas, Lithuania. 13-meters tall and made from nearly 40,000 recycled green bottles and zip ties. www.lrytas.lt Kaunas, Lithuania www.designsoak.com Plastic bottle tree. People pedal to produce enough energy to light up the eco-friendly Christmas tree set up at the Basilica de San Francisco explanade in La Paz, Bolivia. The 45 foot tree was made with roughly 50,000 plastic bottles. teakdoor.com The Rock, Sydney, Australia, 2009. Flickr photo by Gdanny. Soda can Christmas tree. Note milk jug on top. Source + instructions. Shopping Cart Tree – as below. Looks better at night. Flickr photo by danieljsf. The 14th annual shopping cart Christmas tree near Santa Monica. 33 feet tall, 86 shopping carts. Designer: www.shoppingcarttree.com Hub Cap Christmas Tree, Arundel, Maine. www.dudecraft.com This tutorial shows how to make a tree out of a pallet. You’ll need basic power tools. Karen Clouston of Alberta, Canada, made this Christmas tree from poplar and willow branches wired to an upside-down tomato cage. Most of the decorations were made from orange slices, nuts, pine cones and scrap cardboard. The garlands are raffia and the tree skirt is heavy brown paper. Thanks Karen, can’t wait to see next year’s! Bamboo Christmas tree in Tokyo, Japan. 8 meters high, based on the fibonacci sequence. Source Plastic bottle Christmas Tree, this one arranged with abandon. Flickr photo by Suzuran ranran. This majestic Portuguese tree is made up of all sorts of plastic discards. Flickr photo by Kuyshi. Lobster Pot Christmas Tree, Maine. Buoys, too. innteractiveinns.blogspot.com Plastic Bag Christmas Tree in South Korea. Source The greenest – just decorate your ladder. Book Christmas Tree by Frederico Uribe. Book Light Christmas Tree nathanbush.tumblr.com San Francisco Library’s Christmas tree. Note the little figures standing on the books. You’ll even burn some calories constructing and deconstructing this one. Source. So #shabbycottage! Love this! . . #shabbychicbookstore #upcyclebooks #upcycled #upcyclechristmas #library #creativeupcycle #creativechristmastree #budgetchristmastree #budgetchristmasdecor A post shared by Handcrafted 360 (@handcrafted360) on Nov 27, 2016 at 3:02pm PST Rum pum pum pum…the Little Drummer Boys' Christmas Tree! #creative reuse, #upcyclechristmas, #drums, #drummer A post shared by East Bay Depot Creative Reuse (@creativereuse) on Dec 15, 2015 at 12:09pm PST This tree is easy to take down. And it cuts down on noise pollution. Another plastic bottle Christmas Tree. Bottles tilt down. Flickr photo by cathepsut. A 60ft LED tree illumined Dublin’s skyline during the 2008 winter season. Dublin, Ireland. Source. Ice sculpted into an 18 foot high Christmas Tree in Austria. Source. A massive oak tree covered with spanish moss in Wilmington NC is believed to be more than 400 years old. It has been continuously decorated and lit since 1928. Source. Stacked chairs tree, The Rocks at Sydney, 2008. Source. Book Christmas Tree www.realsimple.com See more Previous article Vegan Breakfast in Honolulu and the Surrounding Area Next article Urine Powered Generator Written by Keiren Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. 14 Comments Leave a Reply With your permission, I will publish your post, referencing your page. regards Reply Please give details! Normally I do not give permission to publish a whole post as I do A LOT of research when I put a page together and often contact artists, etc. And I do not think it fair if someone comes along and copies a page. Not fair to me, because I spend hours/days creating the post, nor to the artists whom I feature. If appropriate I can give permission to post one image with a link back, but never a whole page. Thanks for writing. Please give details, thanks. Reply And yet, right beneath your well researched well-intentioned post there’s an ad for not-so-ecifriendly Christmas trees on Amazon . Sigh. I guess when monetizing a blog you dont have control over advertising Reply Yes – we are able to block some things from those ad units, but it’s harder to block certain examples as you pointed out. We are lucky that are readers typically are conscious consumers and will ignore those types of products. =) Reply Great! Wonderful! congrats, hugs J@ne Reply What a wonderful variety of Christmas trees!! Thanks Hugs SueAnn Reply <3<3<3 all of them! Reply gostei muito do trabalho parabens manda outros se tiver. Reply i love recycling to make beautiful art…i intend to make a plastic water bottle tree for my house for christmas…also i am starting a art project at a beach i go to and we are making a sailboat out of bottles…love this site….thanks for inspiration….fran Reply Last year we cut hundreds of leaves from old nature mags and assembled them into a christmas tree shape on our chimney breast. People were most impressed and it was great fun to do as well as being more eco friendly. We have been trying to decide what this year’s tree will be and went on this website for inspiration. Well we got it! Reply Thank yop for going green with the world and not cutting down tree’s for christmas Reply that is so amazing all of it Reply …just Thank-you Reply As far as I can tell I love these one of a kind eco-friendly Christmas trees far more than the mass produces synthetic trees. I save my plastic containers and buckets of all shapes and sizes because I regularly have need of a plastic container. I think a little wire and some led lights will mage my ice cream buckets, yogurt containers, juice bottles, and water bottles light up in glorious fashion! Thanks for the inspiration. Reply One Ping Pingback:Useful Holiday Season Budget Hacks • Abandoned Cubicle Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.