Top 10 Ways to Green the Gras

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It’s hard to be green when purple and gold rule the streets during Mardi Gras season. In the midst of the carnival craziness, New Orleans wastes tons of food, energy, and recyclables that can easily be saved, reused or conserved. Here are a few easy ways you can cut down on your environmental impact while not cutting down on the fun. Read on and enjoy a fun, safe, and green Mardi Gras!

 

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Throw me somethin’ Mister! Now what?

Guest article by Stasia Cymes, owner of LifeCity Certified Green Business Clear the Clutter.
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Ready or not Carnival time is here which can be quite the challenge when it comes to home organization! As we roll into another parade season you may be still dealing with the clutter of Mardi Gras’ past wondering “what am I supposed to do with all these throws?”

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Existing efforts to green Mardi Gras

beadtreeBy James Haralson

According to a 2012 LA Times article, an estimated “25 million pounds of plastic beads make their way to the city every year,” mainly imported from China and other countries with cheap production costs. This glaring statistic is what prompted local organizations like Arc Enterprises and Verdi Gras to put together a “Catch & Release” float last year, which allowed parade-goers to throw their beads into the float instead of trashing them.   The Catch & Release trailer was also the winning idea of LifeCity’s Green the Gras: A Mardi Gras Business Competition.  The trailer is unfortunately being stopped this year due to regulations, but hopes to return in some form in the future.   Continue reading

The Greentrepreneur: ZomBeads

DSC_0119ZomBeads is a socially conscious, community-driven business that is working to green Mardi Gras, one throw at a time. ZomBeads sells locally-produced Mardi Gras throws that are made of repurposed and recycled materials by artists from the community – raising the quality of throws while decreasing their environmental impact. As a for-benefit business, ZomBeads actively measures and tracks its social and environmental impacts on New Orleans, leveraging partnerships and collaborations to move their mission forward. Profits from ZomBeads go to support the work of the local environmental and social justice non-profit organization, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

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Throw me something Local! Existing efforts to green Mardi Gras

beadtreeBy James Haralson

While thousands will make their way to New Orleans this week for Mardi Gras and pump money into the City’s economy, the festivities do add a large burden to the environment.

According to a 2012 LA Times article, an estimated “25 million pounds of plastic beads make their way to the city every year,” mainly imported from China and other countries with cheap production costs. This glaring statistic is what prompted local organizations like Arc Enterprises and Verdi Gras to put together a “Catch & Release” float last year, which allowed parade-goers to throw their beads into the float instead of trashing them. (Watch out for the “Catch & Release” trailer this year at Argus in Jefferson Parish!).  The Catch & Release trailer was also the winning idea of LifeCity’s Green the Gras: A Mardi Gras Business Competition.

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The Greentrepreneur: Arc of Greater New Orleans

DSC_0216The Arc of Greater New Orleans wears many hats year round, but during Mardi Gras, the Arc’s primary objective is to get – those – beads! As one of its core Arc Enterprises, the bead-recycling program keeps tons of plastic beads out of landfills while supporting the Arc’s work in Jefferson, Orleans and St Bernard Parishes. Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Green Your Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras Experiences

super bowl numeralsNEW ORLEANS, LA. Sustainability and the Super Bowl are not traditionally synonymous, but while thousands of fans descend on our fun and fair city, they can now take advantage of the greener side of New Orleans.

In fact, this is argued to be the “greenest Super Bowl yet” according to the New Orleans Environmental Host Committee whose dedicated volunteers organized a series of sustainability initiatives throughout the year in partnership with local organizations. From a Carbon Offsets program with Entergy, to collecting excess prepared food for people in need and repurposing material from Super Bowl’s past, Super Bowl XLVII is setting a precedent for events to come. Read more. Continue reading

The Greentrepreneur: Joule Energy

“Follow your gut” – it’s a general rule of thumb for running a company and really, living your life, but few of us listen as closely to our internal convictions as Julian Thomas, leader, entrepreneur, and successful business owner of Joule Energy. Continue reading