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A PET Christmas tree

It’s that time of year again when retail outlets battle for the best Christmas decorations. One shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, caught our attention because the decoration involves plastic bottles, which is a pet obsession of the industry! The Christmas tree on display in the main foyer of Bangsar Village II, an up-market shopping centre in suburban Bangsar, is made from 3,686 PET bottles that are strung up using almost 23 km of fishing line!

According to a spokesperson, a majority of the bottles, which are all new, were supplied by beverage bottler F&N Coca Cola “since we did not have enough in our recycling bins”. Greenies can breathe easy because the bottles will be “recycled” as decorations for the different festivals in the coming year (Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, etc). Plus, there is another tree with ornaments that are made from “what was found in the recycling bins”!

It may be a “borrowed” idea – the US Marines in Iraq had a tree from recycled bottles a few years ago and more recently schools in Malta and Samoa made their own while UK’s ecological park in Cornwall, Eden Project, has a giant tree made from recycled bags and bottles.

Still, in the true spirit of the year-end festivity, the Malaysian shopping centre deserves a mention for its ingenuity and what the spokesperson says are “efforts to instill in the public that there is a secondary use to everyday items and that these can be aesthetically manipulated into decorative ornaments.” The tree, which was put up in November over three nights by 20 workers, will be displayed until 6 January 2009.

Editor’s note: If there are any other interesting uses of plastic items (recycled or otherwise), please do share these with us. E-mail us at news@plasticsandrubberasia.com

 
 
 
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