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New Year Tree Alternatives Suggested by Eco-Ukrainians

3. January 2013 by Masha 0 Comments

With the ban of Christmas trees in the former Soviet Union, many Russians and Ukrainians began calling them New Year trees. However, environmental activists believe there are other ways to celebrate the season without harming nature.


"Not a New Year Tree 2013" was launched on New Year's Eve in six big cities of Ukraine: Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Poltava, and Simferopol. The initiative asks supporters to suggest alternative decorations made of ecological materials, such as pine or fir cones, colored paper, or maybe even vegetables.


"One of the variants is to place at home a Ukrainian didukh, which is made of grain ears. Other ideas are possible, if one switches on his/her imagination," volunteer Liubomudr Nazariiev says.


Those who participate in the contest could be rewarded with ecological prizes if they are one of the three winners chosen and announced on Russian Orthodox Christmas


The activists behind the initiative have also been interviewing people on the streets for a promotional video. They hand out pamphlets that offer alternatives to New Year trees like keeping a smaller live plant in an actual pot and watching it grow all year long. 


Source: The Day