Wish you a green and merry christmas!

Primrose Marthoma church, Bengaluru has opted for eco-friendly coconut leaves, old newspapers, dry vegetables and grasses for the Christmas decorations at the church.

When they first used recycled materials in 2008, church members were apprehensive since decorations were made out of plastic bottles and old tyres. Daniel Thomas who runs an ad agency and is a church member, says "the end product was so beautiful that everybody was delighted."  Daniel is one of the people behind the eco-friendly initiative.

In 2009 they used videotapes and plastic bags. Daniel says people call to find out what is special on Christmas every year and come down to see it. "People see the tree while driving past and want to come in and take pictures," he says. The design team consists varied mix of people from IT professionals, to homemakers to students.

This year’s main attraction is the 30-feet-long Christmas tree made of shredded paper left over with the printers. The tree appears green, white and red and transforms to gold and electric blue at night.

*All pictures courtesy: Daniel Thomas.

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