A CHRISTMAS tree made of 80,000 plastic spoons was lit up in Taiwan bringing an environmental message to the holiday season. The 12 metre tree, made by a team of six students from Transworld University, is destined to be recycled at the end of the festive season. The students won a competition set up by the Taichung authorities for the best design of a Christmas tree made from recycled materials. Taiwanese branches of fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) provided the plastic spoons. Taichung mayor Jason Hu said the tree served to encourage people to enjoy the traditions of Christmas in an environmentally-friendly way. He said: "Christmas must be celebrated in an eco-friendly way, and it is the same when we choose clothing or when we take a shower. TG