A giant Christmas tree made entirely from recycled water bottles is making a green statement at Haifa, the third largest city in Israel. The tree is 38 feet high and the plastic bottles and other recycled items used in its creation have been donated by Haifa residents.
A total of 5,480 recycled bottles have been used to make the tree, which is illuminated by LED-certified lights. Created by Israeli designer Hadas Itzcovitch and her father, artist Ernest Itzcovitch, this project was made with the specific intention of raising public awareness about environmental issues.
The designer says that she wished to show that it was absolutely possible to create a beautiful, festive and impressive work of art using materials that were cheap, simple and environmentally friendly as well. Several green principles are demonstrated through the project – it’s made of recycled materials that would otherwise be harmful to the environment and the materials were procured at no extra cost.
The tree was built in a month and a half, and Hadas says she worked without a break on most days, with only a few hours of sleep. Both father and daughter remark that their commitment to the project sustained their energy levels throughout.
The raw materials utilized for the project was collected under the initiative of the Haifa municipality management team.
Almost 90,000 travelers from all over the world arrive in Israel during the holiday season, and this special is ready in time to greet them with a special message, reminding them that this would be a good time to switch over to being green.