Gallery: Christmas Tree Made from 1,000 Beer Bottles


At the start of every Christmas season, environmentalists inevitably spark the real-versus-artificial tree debate. But this year, Chinese designers decided to take an entirely different approach to celebrate the holiday, crafting a huge tree from 1,000 Heineken bottles. The massive sculpture is currently providing some festive flair to Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.

Although the bottles provide the tree with its breathtaking green hue, the statue’s design is not so eco-friendly. Instead of diverting empties from the recycling bin and repurposing them, designers opted to use full beer bottles to make the tree! We’re not quite sure why designers chose this material because we’re guessing it would’ve been just as easy to build the statue from the oodles of empties available.

For all you crafty types out there, perhaps a more environmentally sensitive (yet still impressive) project could be creating your own decorations from all the empty bottles of nog, wine, brews and spirits consumed during seasonal celebrations.



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  4. Loft152 January 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Interesting tree alternative! We, too, were challenged with the real vs artificial debate. In the end we decided against a real tree this year but decided to make ours from excess maple plywood from my partner’s shop. If you’re interested, check it out at:

  5. kitten wallpapers December 30, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Amazing…!!! I wonder how long it takes to finish that ‘christmas tree’
    The designers sense of art are really great … i think to make that ‘tree’ stand well … i have to know and learn about theory of gravity … hahaha

  6. Alphonse NANSON December 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I definitively prefer “true and living ” Christmas Trees”, because they have fixed CO2 already and will be replaced by new ones doing the same in their field.

  7. NickGagalis December 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Although using empty bottles would have been better for the environment, the argument by the designers could be for practical purposes. I don’t know for sure, but maybe they were worried about empty bottles blowing away or moving in bad weather.

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