Students from Bangor University decorated an International Christmas Tree this week with decorations made from recycled materials picked up from previous Beach Cleans around North Wales.

The Christmas Tree, in Bangor University’s Main Arts Building, was decorated with plastic litter which had been recycled into beautiful decorations, by both international and home students, together with staff and colleagues from the University as part of a project organised by the International Student Support Office – called Internationals Go Green.

The Tree was chopped down last week by students themselves in Cors Bodgynydd, near Betws-y-Coed, a nature reserve managed by the North Wales Wildlife Trust as part of their conservation project which helps preserve the wetland from invasive conifer trees in the area.

All the litter used to decorate the tree was collected from previous Beach Cleans around North Wales, highlighting the problem with plastics and littering in our coastline.

After Christmas, the Tree will be taken to a sand dune reserve in Denbighshire to help stabilise the unique habitat together in the area. This will close the full cycle of an invasive tree species that went from a Nature Reserve in Snowdonia, to Bangor University to be used for educational purposes and to raise awareness about the problem with plastic and littering, to then end up in a sand dune reserve, helping our unique Welsh coastline to become healthier and nicer for all.

The Internationals Go Green initiative consists of a series of trips and events aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues, sustainability and wellbeing among students. In addition, all the events are organised together with other University Departments and Local Organisations (with the North Wales Wildlife Trust this time) to enhance the Student Experience and to work as a bridge between students and the local community.

International Student Team Golden Rules for a Cleaner Bangor:

Did you know at least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year? Or that one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans? Check out the 5 Golden Rules for a cleaner Bangor below and join the international students at Bangor University in their bid for a better World:

  • 1. Always carry 2 shopping bags with you, you never know when you might need them.
  • 2. Stop buying bottled water/refreshments, use a stainless water bottle instead.
  • 3. Reduce the amount of single-use products and plastic packaging when shopping.
  • 4. Dispose your waste in the appropriate bin and do not litter when out and about.
  • 5. REINVENT IT! Use recyclable materials to explore your creativity, from flower pots to home decorations.