17 December 2018

#Circular Living with Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees

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A cool idea turns rubber gloves into a Christmas tree

Recently, a single mom living in England on a tight budget couldn’t afford a traditional Christmas tree for her children to decorate for the holiday season. However, this didn’t stop her from bringing joy to her kids. She got creative and made her very own, and strikingly charming, Christmas tree from rubber gloves.

Spreading happiness with the unique beauty of an environmentally-friendly Christmas tree

GC and Siam Piwat teamed up this year to produce an eco-friendly Christmas tree made of recycled CD cases as a thoughtful way to spread happiness while addressing environmental concerns. Created by TAM:LDA’s founder, Tanawat "Pae" Maneenawa, the 10--meter tall, six meter wide unorthodox Christmas tree was beautifully decorated with neon lights under the concept of "Festival of Light." The idea of using CD cases came from the fact that the way we listen to music today has completely changed. The music industry has been disrupted, as most people now listen to music digitally via streaming or downloads, which makes a massive number of CDs obsolete.

In response, we thought of upcycling and adding value to old CD cases as a reminder of an item that not so long ago was very common and indispensable, but has since become largely unwanted and viewed as waste. The CD case Christmas tree also reminds everyone to recognize the many recyclable materials around us. We can spread happiness by maximizing the use of recyclable plastics and transforming them into something useful, beautiful, and even breathtaking.

Supattanapong Punmeechaow, President and CEO of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), and Usara Yongpiyakul, Chief Executive Officer of Siam Piwat Retail Holding Company Limited, joined together to encourage people to believe that this eco-friendly Christmas tree can change the way we celebrate Christmas and the New Year. It demonstrates an innovative way to better use our existing resources to get maximum benefits, which is in line with the principles of the Circular Economy. The tree is part of GC’s "Circular Living" campaign, which is being promoted to all Thais in the hope that they will adopt its principles in their daily lives, and positively impact the environment in the process.

The CD case Christmas tree is on public display until 13 January 2019, after which it will be transformed into garbage bags to be donated to the Community Children Foundation (CCF).

Don’t miss the chance to take a few selfies in front of this unique tree, and let’s all work together to make Circular Living happen!

Tag: Christmas Tree Recycle Circular Economy Lifestyle New Year Plastic Debris Plastic Waste

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