The Opposite House in Beijing has created a Christmas tree in the spirit of sustainability.
The hotel’s “solar tree” — nearly 20 ft (6.1 m) high and 13 ft (4 m) wide at its base — is constructed out of 105 reclaimed solar thermal vacuum tubes used to harness the energy of the sun. A three-dimensional solar energy icon atop the tree takes the place of the traditional star. The tree is lit with energy-efficient warm-white LED bulbs for a modern look.
“We wanted this year’s ‘non-tree’ tree to get visitors to reflect on their attitude towards sustainability during this holiday season,” said General Manager Anthony Ross.