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A group of consultants in Paris has hatched a plan to turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant tree by covering it with 600,000 plants. Their dream is to literally plant the 324 meter tall aesthetic symbol of Paris with 12 tons of rubber tubing, and gradually add bags planted with greenery all over it to turn it into a growing tree. The group says the project would cost 72 million Euros (that’s around 97 million US dollars) and would remove 87.8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in the city of lights.

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  1. Diala December 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

    It would be great if someone can make Eiffel Tower sustainable, great image for France and an example to follow worldwide. Sadly, transforming it to a gigantic tree is not the answer. Water consumption will certainly be a big issue, unless they are planing to use rain water for irrigation, i don’t know how this project can be sustainable. However, i am interested to learn more about their bold idea!

  2. stephan December 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Oops! It looks like the page didn’t load properly and the weight issue was covered in the article…

  3. Stephan December 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

    As much as I like the idea, has anyone thought about the extra weight this would create? or how watering the plants could potentially make the Tower rust even faster with the added moist in the surrounding air?

  4. sarracenia December 2, 2011 at 12:13 am

    “The group believes that covering the tower in a vegetative blanket would help symbolize to the world France’s commitment to a sustainable future.”

    This project strikes me as a commitment to an *unsustainble* future.

    The high winds and low soil content combined would make for very high water demands — at 0.25 L/plant per week (as per infographic) x 600,000 plants = 150,000 L/week.

    If the goal is truly carbon sequestration (?), there are surely more (financially) sustainable options for less cost and less water.

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