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    Christmas Tree in Taiwan Made of Plastic Spoons

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    Take a look at this one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. The tree, made of plastic spoons, was lit up in Taiwan's city of Taichung. It's an eco-friendly way to mark the holidays as the tree will be destined for recycling at the end of the season.

    A Christmas tree in Taiwan's central city of Taichung is bringing an environmental message to the holiday season.

    The 39 foot tree is made of 80,000 plastic spoons destined to be recycled at the end of the festive season.

    [Jason Hu, Taichung Mayor]:
    "Christmas must be celebrated in an eco-friendly way, and it is the same when we choose clothing or when we take a shower. An eco-friendly Christmas tree is a sign of an improved society, and a symbol of creativity."

    The Christmas tree was designed by a team of six university students who won a competition for the best Christmas tree made from recycled materials.

    The idea came from the waste collected at a drink store.

    [Wu Hsiao-jou, Project Designer]:
    "I work at a store selling drinks, and they always throw away the plastic spoons that come with puddings. I think it is a waste to throw them away. It just happened that my teacher mentioned this competition, so I chose to use them in this project."

    As the tree was lit up in a shopping center over the weekend, local residents gathered to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

    [Lee Yun-shan, Local]:
    "I discovered it was made of spoons after I took a closer look. I was quite surprised. From a distance it looked pretty with the white color like snow."

    The design also sparked other eco-friendly ideas for Christmas decorations.

    [Lin Ling, Local]:
    "I would like to try different things too, like putting lights into plastic bottles. I can build a tree like this and it will be beautiful. I think my child will like it too."

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    The tree will be on display until January 2nd. Then all the spoons will be sent to recycling stations for more sustainable use.