LIFECITY’S TOP TEN INNOVATIONS
1. Bourbon House’s Wine TapYes, the Bourbon House restaurant had made your dream of a steady stream of fine wine a reality. Cutting back on glass bottles, the restaurant innovatively installed two wine taps just like a beer taps over kegs. The green impact? The wine kegs are reused, which makes them more environmentally friendly in addition to faster accessibility, and better service.
2. NOLA Microschools’ Creative CurriculumWith a curriculum of quest-like projects with real-world applications, this member schools us in innovation. NOLA Microschools leads in New Orleans education with emphasis on learning outside the classroom via local experts in our communities. This strategy allows the students to learn in a hands-on environment. Plus students build relationships and discover interests that can turn into internships, and eventually apprenticeships.
3. Tchoup Industries’ Repurposed FashionAccording to this company, fashion accessories in Southern Louisiana should be made sturdy for adventure, but largely of all-natural materials to avoid the negative effects of biohazards on our environment. Among dozens of bags they’ve created, our personal favorite is their epically cool backpack made partially out of a repurposed auto industry nylon strap and rice bag – fashion innovation at its finest.
4. Café Carmo’s Fresher FishAfter undergoing the lengthy process of getting a Wholesale Seafood License rarely issued to singular restaurants, Café Carmo is able to buy its fish directly from New Orleans fisherman instead of going through commercialized middlemen. Not only do they support local economy, Café Carmo’s innovative investment also keeps its fish fresher and tastier. Win, win.
5. Raw Republic’s Cleaner WaterThis juice bar uses an innovative water purification system that doesn’t use damaging chemicals. It’s called the Tensui System and while it reduces chlorine and metals found in water, the process concedes vital minerals and nutrients. That’s a lot to swallow but if you want to try it for yourself, bring your own reusable water bottle and they’ll fill it up for free!
6. Downtown Development District’s Hiring the HomelessInspiring social innovation takes form in “The New Paths Initiative,” a program unveiled by the New Orleans Downtown Development District aiming to reduce recidivism and unemployment in the homeless and ex-con population. Their innovative plan will provide incentives for companies to employ those who struggle to find their way back into the workforce, transforming their lives for the better.
7. Sheraton New Orleans’ BeehiveWhat’s on the roof of the New Orleans Sheraton hotel? You’ll never guess. A farmable beehive that the hotel uses to make its own honey. The result is fresh honey and a pollinating bee population for flowers in the city. Bee-yond innovative.
8. InNOLA Events and Design's Flower Recycling
Planning beautiful (and sustainable) events like corporate galas and luxury weddings while giving back to the community is all in a day’s work for Maria Maginnis, the owner of InNOLA. "We are launching ‘InNOLA Reuse and Recycle’ on our website,” she says, where all things that would've been thrown away from previous events will be available for clients to buy online. “We also have the option to donate your event flowers to non-profit organizations, nursing homes, and local businesses,” says Maginnis. Recycling flowers to beautify New Orleans and lift spirits – simple but powerful innovation.