Greentrepreneur: No Waste NOLA

No Waste NOLANo Waste NOLA advocates for waste-reduction policies and programs in the City of New Orleans. We work with the New Orleans city government, businesses, nonprofits, and residents to achieve our goals. To date, we have worked exclusively within the City of New Orleans, and on a reusable bag ordinance; however, in February we are going to unveil our next initiative in New Orleans, and later this year we hope to launch a chapter in Jefferson Parish.

1. What are some of your proudest moments as owner of No Waste NOLA?

No Waste NOLA’s proudest moment to date has been when we received word that the ordinance that we drafted, promoted, and submitted was going to form the foundation of the Reusable Bag Ordinance that was placed on the calendar by Council Members Susan Guidry and Latoya Cantrell. It was also encouraging that several news outlets reached out to No Waste NOLA for comments and explanations regarding the ordinance. Another proud moment for No Waste NOLA was our first ever social event, which was attended by approximately 150 people at Bayou Beer Garden in September.

2. How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impacts?

No Waste NOLA is an advocacy group dedicated to promoting waste-reduction policies and programs within the city of New Orleans. To date, our efforts have been centered on reducing the reliance of New Orleanians on disposable bags; but, we have a big announcement coming in February when we unveil our next major program for the City of New Orleans. Check in with us soon!

3. What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?

No Waste NOLA has been increasingly reaching out to non-profits, businesses, and government officials in an effort to develop a coalition against municipal waste in the City of New Orleans. We hope to continue making these connections, for the mutual benefit of the member organizations and the New Orleans community.

4. If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other New Orleans businesses to go green, what would that thing be?

It would be super great if there were more reusable bag manufacturers and vendors in the New Orleans area and Louisiana in general.

5. What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their city and state?

Encourage your customers and employees to rely on reusable materials rather than disposable materials. Stop providing disposables such as plastic bags and plastic ware, whenever possible. Also, reach out to No Waste NOLA to join a coalition against waste!

6. Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green Businesses such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?

“Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date with our events! We are working with WWOZ and several other organizations to put on a trash collection event followed by a benefit concert this Spring.