The longest chain of paper trees in the world

With the project ‘PAPE[R]ECORD’, the Styrian elementary school ‘Gratkorn 1’ and the team from ‘Papier macht Schule’ have managed to set a world record with the longest chain of paper trees.
‘Creating great things together and doing something good in corona times” was the idea behind this project. Over 18,000 paper trees from 26 countries were collected, threaded and hung up by volunteers to create the longest paper tree chain in the world.
On May 17th, the record attempt was inspected by an official jury and it was confirmed that the paper chain will be registered with “Guinness World of Records”.
Austropapier President Kurt Maier is delighted about the world record: “The number of paper trees submitted exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you very much for the great performance. "
*376 real trees to be planted *
The aim of the project was not only to achieve the world record but even more to make a positive contribution to our climate. For every 50 paper trees submitted, at least one real tree will be planted by the pupils of the Gratkorn 1 primary school in the north of Graz in a climate-friendly forest in autumn 2021.


from left to right: Kurt Maier (Austropapier president), Julia Löwenstein (Austropapier), Paul Lang (proHolz Steiermark), Petra Seebacher (Papier macht Schule), Maximilian Oberhumer (Sappi)
the world's longest chain of paper trees
World record achieved (from left to right: Ursula Auer (school principal elementary school Gratkorn), Patrick Treml (Initiator elementary school Gratkorn), Petra Seebacher (Papier macht Schule).
Fotocredits: © Austropapier

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