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Recycled Christmas Tree Made of Bike Wheels!

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On December 24, 2009 @ 12:00 pm In Green Transportation,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Design Organizations | 1 Comment

Bermondsey Square Bicycle Wheel Christmas Tree [1]

Talk about re-cycling [2]! This simple and elegant alternative Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square [3], London is made out of 35 wheels from old bikes, and has been delighting passers-by with its unconventional looks. Designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects [4], the tree is a very fitting symbol of sustainability on a worldwide scale – especially since the wheels making up the design are borrowed from U.K. charity Re-Cycle [5] which collects recyclable [2] bike parts to restore old bicycles and ships them to Africa to be used for transportation [6] by local people and health workers fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Bermondsey Square Bicycle Wheel Christmas Tree, green christmas tree, eco christmas tree, recycled christmas tree, recycled bicycle, alternative christmas tree [7]

David Roberts, deputy chief executive of igloo [8], the developers who commissioned the recycled tree said: “The Bermondsey Square tree not only looks great; it can be used year after year. It is designed so that it can be dismantled and stored. The bike wheels will be returned to Re-Cycle [5] and will be used to recondition bikes for distribution to Africa. We also hope its presence in the Square will contribute to a number of measures we are taking to actively encourage cycling in London. A big thank you to the team involved who generously gave their time and to all those who donated parts.

+ Re-Cycle [5]

+ Sarah Wigglesworth Architects [4]

+ igloo development [8]

Via Architect’s Journal [3]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/24/recycled-christmas-tree-made-of-bike-wheels/bicycle-wheel-christmas-tree-2/

[2] re-cycling: http://www.inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

[3] Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/tree-cycling-sarah-wigglesworth-architects-sustainable-christmas-tree/5212007.article

[4] Sarah Wigglesworth Architects: http://www.swarch.co.uk/

[5] Re-Cycle: http://www.re-cycle.org/

[6] transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation/

[7] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/24/recycled-christmas-tree-made-of-bike-wheels/bicycle-wheel-christmas-tree/

[8] igloo: http://www.igloo.uk.net/

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