Today in the center of Haifa there is a 38-foot Christmas tree made of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly tree was finished a few days after devastating fires left over 40 people dead and millions of trees destroyed. The green project could not have been done without the help of Haifa's local residents.
Haifa is Israel's third largest city and local residents from Haifa including: Christian, Muslim and Jewish collected plastic bottles for recycling. The municipality handed them over to designer Hadas Itzcovitch. She and her father, artist Ernest Itzcovitch designed this eco-friendly Christmas tree to raise awareness about environmental issues. Energy-efficient LED lights also light up the near 40-foot Christmas tree. See video about the tree here Telegraph.
The idea for the tree came before the fires ever started. It's completion after the fire has only made it more symbolic. It also comes just in time "for the 90,000 travelers from around the world expected to arrive in Israel for the holiday" (Travel Green Isreal). For more information about Haifa Christmas tree project or about any of Israel on going green projects visit Travel Green Isreal.
Via Treehugger and CNTV