Manchester to use ‘bioprint’ Christmas lights

Manchester’s 360,000 new Christmas lights for 2019 are not only low energy, but are also largely degradable and made from recycled materials.

Posted on 20 November 2019

 

Manchester’s 360,000 new Christmas lights for 2019 are not only low energy, but are also largely degradable and made from recycled materials.

Manchester City Council has installed a ‘bioprint’ range of lights to 126 trees across the city centre, as well as a fully-LED Christmas tree at Manchester Cathedral.

The lights are predominantly made from renewable materials, using recycled aluminium and organically-sourced, biodegradable sugar cane. The majority of the decorations will be made using 3D printing technology.

Manchester is the first city in the UK to use the technology, which amounts to 22 miles worth of LEDs in total - enough to stretch from Manchester to Burnley.

In addition to the lighting on trees, ten festive light sculptures are being installed as part of a trail around the city centre.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s ‘Christmas spokesperson’, said: “There is no Christmas without Christmas lights, so we thought we’d double down and get 360,000 of them - all low energy and made from eco-friendly recycled materials.

“We’re particularly excited about the giant light sculptures that will be big enough to walk around. Yet another excuse to visit Manchester this festive season.”

 

 

Posted under General Interest and Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 20 November 2019