Global Sustainable Christmas Tree Winner

The Langham Auckland has topped its sister hotels worldwide to win the best sustainable tree award.

For the 2015 holiday season, Carmen Ng, corporate director of sustainability at Langham Hospitality Group, asked all Langham hotels worldwide to create completely sustainable Christmas trees. No element of the trees could be store-bought, and all of the trees were displayed for the holiday season at Langham properties.

The team at The Langham Auckland answered the call with an entire tree of oyster and paua shells – all sustainably sourced from Eight restaurant – to take the title of overall winner within the Group. The Group covers four continents, with hotels located in cities and resorts around the world including Beijing, Boston, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Sydney.

This stunning sustainable Christmas tree, on display in the hotel lobby, was inspired by the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to showcase the natural beauty of our native paua and oyster shells. Staff at The Langham Auckland wanted to give thanks for beautiful Aotearoa while committing to preserve the gift of our treasured resources for future generations.

The tree took more than three days to complete with the hotel’s Connect Committee, who work hard to introduce and maintain its strict environmental initiatives, taking turns to glue the shells.

Managing Director Franz Mascarenhas says he is extremely proud of the inspirational sustainable message The Langham Auckland’s tree sends to the world.

“Every Langham hotel worldwide was given the task of building a Christmas tree that would demonstrate their commitment to the environment while helping to preserve our beautiful planet. This task however, soon became a labour of love for us here at The Langham Auckland as we carefully crafted a tree that not only showcases the natural beauty of our ocean – but also New Zealand and its people too! We’re delighted to be leading the way in sustainability within New Zealand – and the global Langham Hospitality Group.”

Eaton, Hong Kong’s sculptural tree made of discarded water pipes, some spelling out “Happy Holidays,” and the festive green, gold and glittery Christmas tree made out of discarded water bottles, beer and soda cans at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena in California also made the top three trees list.

But public voting via Facebook, WeChat and Pinterest and by the Group’s Hong Kong-based executive committee saw The Langham Auckland win the highest score to take the overall winning title.

Highlights from other trees within the Langham Group include a:

  • Langham Pink table-top tree constructed entirely out of old branded collateral (stationery, brochures) that was set to be recycled at The Langham, Boston
  • “White” Christmas tree – made out of layers of Soap Aid soap, which in turn is made from discarded hotel soap – at The Langham, Melbourne in Australia
  • Tree with wine and Champagne bottles as branches, a wine cork star on top and garland made from old hotel bedding, at Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue
  • Tree constructed from broken light bulbs gathered throughout the year from guest rooms, each hand-painted by a member of the staff, at The Langham, Shenzhen in China
  • Potted tree decorated with edible ornaments – including bird seed covered gingerbread figures and cranberry and popcorn strings – specifically for the feathered friends of the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto



Veronica Johnston
Marketing Communications Manager
The Langham, Auckland
Tel: 64 (9) 300 2817 / (64) 275 476 335