The Christmas you can recycle: Festive tree made out of 500 plastic bottles gets installed at Chester Cathedral

13/12/2019

It's not a traditional Christmas tree – but look closer and you'll see this one's green after all.

Artist Jacha Potgieter and blacksmith Gerallt Evans made the tree from 500 plastic bottles, which will all be recycled after the festive period. The frame will also be re-used.

The tree is on display at Chester Cathedral as part of the city's Christmas tree festival, which runs until January 5.

Eco-conscious Jacha said: 'Almost everyone in the UK has used a plastic bottle at some point, many today or at least in the last week.

'And why wouldn't they have done? After all, it is so easy to use and fits in so well with our busy modern lives.

'But we seem to have lost the ability to see the destructive impact our need for instant items is having on our planet.

'Our plastic use is out of control globally; humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute, and 91 per cent of all plastic is not recycled.

'Add to that the estimate that over half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold in 2020 and you can appreciate the problem.'

A cathedral spokesman said the event's theme of waves and water provoked thought about how humans care for the natural world.

The festival will run daily until January 5.

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