Why this London Christmas tree is made entirely from trash


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  • Thursday, 09 Dec 2021

'An Alternative Story of a Christmas Tree' art installation at Mansion House. To raise awareness of the over-consumption associated with the festive season, the Lord Mayor of London launched this Christmas tree made entirely of trash. Photo: Ray Tang/LNP/Shutterstock

Have you ever wondered how much waste your city produces during the holiday season? As well as pondering the question, London's Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny went one step further by building a Christmas tree made entirely from trash collected in the city.

Far from being disgusting or messy, the whole thing is meticulously held together by a giant mesh structure, creating a colourful sculpture. But up close, there is no doubt – this particular tree is adorned with trash rather than the usual baubles and garlands.

From plastic bottles to cans, used sunglasses, pieces of paper, sim cards and phone cables, each section is composed of a specific type of garbage.

Designed in collaboration with artist Áinne Burke, this very special tree was installed on the street side balcony of Mansion House in the heart of London's financial district. The waste used was collected by street cleansers and waste management companies.

The idea is as original as it is festive, but it also has a serious message, since the initiative aims to raise awareness about the amount of waste generated during the festive season. – AFP Relaxnews

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