See how thousands in Denmark are making Christmas gifts out of trash

At "Remake #Christmas" in Copenhagen, the spirit of giving is playing out in all its lovely trash-craft glory

Posted by Consulate General of Denmark New York on Thursday, December 17, 2015
It's typically taboo to turn your trash into a holiday present for someone else, but one artist is making it a seasonal phenomenon for thousands of people in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Denmark-native Thomas Dambo and his team of artists constructed a cabin-like wooden house, completely out of recycled materials, for the purpose of giving visitors an eco-friendly space where they can create DYI Christmas gifts from tossed materials.

The Remake Christmas house is made of recycled scrapwood and billboards, not to mention old election posters that double as a roof cover. Inside, workshop stations are stocked with anything from recycled vinyl records and used carpets to left over prints and tons of extra scrapwood.

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"I believe a good recycler should see possibilities where other people see trash," the artist told Treehugger.

Dambo collected all the materials from shops and trash containers along the capital's central shopping street over a two-week period. The workshops also use material that was already stocked in his artist studio from previous dumpster dives.

"I always loved the 'hunt' in the dumpsters, and still love the excitement and anticipation when I'm climbing around in other people's trash; what will I find in the next box, what will it be, and what can I do with it," he said.

The construction project started in mid-November and took about nine days to complete. Since it's opening, more than 20,000 people have visited the workshop and made over 1,500 Christmas gifts.

Kids and adults alike can create a variety of free recycled gifts including, birdhouses, personalized t-shirts, and colorful candle accessories. However, the clock is ticking on those trying to squeeze in time for last minute presents—the house closes shop on Dec. 20th.

Check out this other awesome opportunity to use the holidays to help the environment:
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