A Christmas 'Tree' in our town

@JudyEv (148678)
Bunbury, Australia
December 6, 2018 2:43am CST
Christmas is certainly in the air now and our local tyre service company came up with a novel idea for a Christmas tree. Tyres of diminishing sizes have been stacked up and painted green then decorated with bright red bows. And did you know that rubber is naturally white, not black? Carbon black is added to enhance various qualities that prolong the life of the tyre, including improving the tensile strength. Lego is one of the largest manufacturers of tyres in the world with the first LEGO wheel being included set No. 400, which was realised in 1962. They produce 318 million LEGO tyres each year. That's a whole heap of tyres. I'm presuming they are all toy tyres.
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@just4him (137692)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec
That's interesting about Lego. I wouldn't have imagined they would be the largest manufacturer of tires as they are a toy company, but when you think about it, it makes sense. I love the tire tree.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
I suppose the tyres they make are all tiny ones.
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@just4him (137692)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec
@JudyEv Yes, they are.
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@salonga (27952)
• Philippines
6 Dec
That's a wonderful way to recycle.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Tyres are hard to recycle I think so this is really a great idea.
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@Porcospino (21060)
• Denmark
6 Dec
That is a creative idea. I like things that are different. I have only seen traditional Christmas trees in my area.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's a great idea. I made the cone for a tree from plastic mesh once then covered it with tinsel.
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@Porcospino (21060)
• Denmark
6 Dec
@JudyEv That is a nice idea I haven't been very creative this year, but maybe I still have the chance to make something
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@Porcospino I think we're going to buy a tree in a pot and plant it out after Christmas.
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@yoalldudes (6041)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Interesting Christmas tree made from rubber tires. This is a good way of recycling to save the planet.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Old tyres are hard to dispose of aren't they?
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• Philippines
7 Dec
@JudyEv Burning it causes air pollution, I believe. Rubber burning smells so bad. It can be used as planters/ pots.
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@indexer (2626)
• Leicester, England
6 Dec
I like the idea of the tyre tree - very imaginative! I must remember the Lego fact - worth introducing some time when the conversation is flagging!
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
I presume all the Lego tyres were tiny ones.
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@indexer (2626)
• Leicester, England
6 Dec
@JudyEv That has to be a pretty safe presumption!
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@Tampa_girl7 (27886)
• United States
6 Dec
What a unique Christmas tree
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
I wouldn't have thought of doing this.
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• Preston, England
6 Dec
great way to recycle and promote their tyres
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
For sure and it puts a smile on your face when you see it.
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@LadyDuck (196466)
• Switzerland
6 Dec
I know that the rubber is naturally white, because my father managed the financial department of a tire company during 42 years.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
People stayed in the one job for ages back then didn't they?
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@LadyDuck (196466)
• Switzerland
7 Dec
@JudyEv Many worked in the same place during all their life.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@LadyDuck That is true of those times. Vince's father worked in the railways all his life.
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@ilocosboy (42049)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Very nice idea, that rubber Christmas tree is beautiful. We don't need the tree to make the Christmas tree. I'm saving this idea.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
You could easily make a similar one but starting just with a car tyre then getting smaller.
@ilocosboy (42049)
• Philippines
8 Dec
There are small tyres here but finding the biggest would be a problem.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec
@ilocosboy If it were me, I'd just start with the biggest tyre I had and go from there. The tree doesn't need to be this big.
@responsiveme (22024)
• India
6 Dec
That's ingenious. It's a good way to use up bust tyres. We have local rubber plantations here
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Old tyres aren't much good for anything else are they?
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• India
6 Dec
@JudyEv I've seen some garage owners out soil in the middle and plant plants there.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@responsiveme I've planted potatoes in one tyre then at a certain stage added another tyre and almost covered the plants with soil and done that about three or four times. At each stage the plants sets potatoes so eventually you have a great harvest of potatoes in the tyres.
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• Lenox, Georgia
6 Dec
That's a really pretty tree, so creative! :)
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Thanks. Everyone in town is talking about it.
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• Lenox, Georgia
7 Dec
@JudyEv I can see why. :)
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@louievill (20725)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Hope people would come up with more Christmas ideas similar to this.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's a great idea isn't it?
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@louievill (20725)
• Philippines
6 Dec
@JudyEv yes it's greqt creativity and at the same time suggesting that we re-purpose and up- cycle
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• Philippines
6 Dec
For a moment there I thought that was made of CAKE but then it looked sunny and I looked closer then it's actually a tire.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
It would have to be a pretty big cake.
@Juliaacv (36834)
• Canada
6 Dec
That's such a great tree-I love it!
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's very innovative. I wouldn't have thought you could make anything nice out of dirty old tyres.
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@TRBRocks420 (89091)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Dec
Very creative I like it
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's clever isn't it? And very simple really.
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@oahuwriter (4621)
• United States Minor Outlying Islands
7 Dec
What a nice tree they created for all to enjoy this festive season. Happy holidays!
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Thank you. It's a great tree isn't it?
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• United States Minor Outlying Islands
11 Dec
@JudyEv It is. People get creative like making a Christmas tree of the dried part of the plant. Palm tree has a part that red berries form and they fall off and the wooden part that held the red berries falls off eventually. The wooden part is sturdy and if you know how to cure it to rid it of any insects, you can decorate it with ornaments for a Christmas tree. I've seen it decorated, but you've got to get one formed just right to be able to be mounted and spray painted or left in the original color.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec
@oahuwriter That sounds a good way to create a Christmas tree too.
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@sunrisefan (22428)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Very creative :)
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
And to think under that lovely tree are dirty old tractor and truck tyres!
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@sunrisefan (22428)
• Philippines
6 Dec
@JudyEv Just goes to show that junk can still have its use hehehe!
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@sunrisefan Now I'm wondering what will happen to it after Christmas.
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@Courage7 (26989)
• United States
7 Dec
It is very novel but not my scene at all.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Fair enough. We just bought a 'real' small tree today which will be our Christmas tree.
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@Courage7 (26989)
• United States
7 Dec
@JudyEv Yeah I only have a couple of evergreen branches here and thats it for us no tree this year.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec
@Courage7 You've make the few branches look very festive.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
What a great "tree" idea! I had no idea that rubber is white to start with.And who knew that LEGO made tires at all? It has been too many years since I bought my daughter LEGOS and played with them.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
I guess they're talking toy tyres not real ones. Our boys played with Lego for years and years - as did Vince for quite a while! With the kids that is. Did you play with them too? When the boys were little and had gone to bed, Vince and a friend made a pile-driver that drove a match into a lump of Plastacine. They had a lot of fun doing it but the best part was watching them trying to get up off the floor.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
@JudyEv Funny! When my daughter was little, she had a lot of LEGOs and was even then better than I was at putting them together.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@JamesHxstatic The kids were past-masters at creating stuff weren't they? They'd know exactly what piece they were looking for too.
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@allen0187 (34380)
• Philippines
7 Dec
First time I've heard about that for LEGO. That is a lovely looking Christmas tree.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
The tree now has a big gold star and lights so I might have to do an update on it if I get a photo one day.
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@allen0187 (34380)
• Philippines
11 Dec
@JudyEv looking forward to seeing the updated tree.
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@JudyEv (148678)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec
@allen0187 I'd forgotten I'd said that. I'll have to get on to it.
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