The holidays are just around the corner! Here’s a slightly offbeat take on the traditional EverGREEN tree to get you in the holiday spirit!
We built three festive Sustainable EverGREEN trees out of 100 percent, infinitely recyclable aluminum cans. No need to go chop down a tree when you can create your own sustainable-yet-shiny aluminum tree. AlcoaRecycling’s trees are being completed today and will be displayed at McGhee-Tyson Airport, near our recycling facility in Alcoa, Tennessee beginning this weekend and through the holidays.
A few cool facts about these EverGREENS:
• The three trees were made from a total of 1835 aluminum cans. Recycling those cans saves 95% of the energy it would take to make new cans from raw aluminum. That’s enough saved energy to power a typical American home for nine days!
• After these cans are recycled, they’ll be back on a store shelf in about 60 days! That means if they were recycled today, they would be used, recycled, and remade into new cans 6 times before next Thanksgiving!
• You can make your own Sustainable EverGREEN tree with a few simple items – a length of PVC pipe, landscaping flags, a household drill, several hundred empty, clean and dry aluminum cans and of course, a tree stand and some holiday lights! Stay tuned to this site for step by step instructions!
• If every American recycled just one more can a week, we’d reach our recycling rate goal of 75%!
The trees will be installed on November 19 at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport – near the baggage claim area. They’ll be telling travelers their own unique story of Sustainability through New Years!