Mumbai: Creating something unique out of waste has been the Christmas agenda of a few youngsters over the last few years. These youths have created a seven-feet tall Christmas Tree by using 300 empty beer bottles that takes pride of place in the verandah of the D’Souza family’s residence in Bandra’s DeMonte Lane .
The D’Souza family has been making this tree for the last three years. Julio D’souza, 25, along with his parents and friends, collects empty glass beer bottles through the year for this purpose. These bottles are washed, cleaned, the labels removed and then placed in shape of a pyramid over two days. The 300 bottles are placed on an acrylic sheet which support the bottles. Streamers and lights are then added along with a Christmas Star on the top. D’souza said, “We started making this tree in 2015 but we were scared as these are glass bottles. We have learnt from our mistakes. This is the first time we have used 300 bottles.”
Esther Netto, a youth from Vasai, came up with this idea. Netto’s idea was to try something creative and at the same time encourage celebration of Christmas in an eco-friendly way. Netto said, “We always hear of Ganesh Chaturthi or Holi being celebrated in an eco-friendly manner but have never heard of Christmas being celebrated in an environment-friendly way. These bottles would be thrown away if we hadn’t used them. So we inform all my friends and family to collect them.”
Uncle D’souza says in jest that that X’mas is associated with drinking and partying so this is a positive manner to celebrate the fest. He said, “People always think of partying and chilling during Christmas so we can make use of this stereotype to make something creative. This tree may inspire others to try something unique.”