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In The Press

It's Time To Rethink Mardi Gras Without Tons Of Plastic Beads

““It was very poignant for us to see all the Mardi Gras beads that just weren’t being picked up, the cups scattered on the ground, the throws, and the bottles—all of which were plastic products. It was just so disheartening,” she says.”

This Mardi Gras, Don't Bead Off In Public

““We wanted to show that we could do this with a spirit of fun and community and joie de vivre that’s in the spirit of New Orleans,” Groh explains.”

Mardi Gras Beads Are Cheap, Fun To Throw - And Toxic For Environment

“To cut back on litter, the City of New Orleans has banned parade riders from throwing the plastic bags that beads come packaged in. But many environmentalists say that’s not enough. After being tossed from parade floats, the plastic throws wind up in landfills, storm drains and coastal fisheries.”

Mardi Gras Beads Cause Environmental Hangover

“On Feb. 11, the group the Grohs founded, Verdi Gras, tested a first-ever recycling pilot program with the blessing of city government, setting out bead collection bins along the route for the Krewe of Pontchartrain.”

Mardi Gras Goes Green If Resident Has Her Way

“The intention is to get back to what made Mardi Gras special in the first place: the show, the sense of community, the joie de vivre — not polyurethane and polyethylene beads wrapped in plastic and shipped in cardboard.”

Are There Unsafe Levels Of Lead In Mardi Gras Beads? One Group Says Yes

“On Feb. 11, the group the Grohs founded, Verdi Gras, tested a first-ever recycling pilot program with the blessing of city government, setting out bead collection bins along the route for the Krewe of Pontchartrain.”

BEad Aware - The Toxic Tale Of Mardi Gras Beads

“City workers just pulled 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads from storm drains. These same beads can be contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead– and let’s be honest, beads that almost every New Orleans child has put in their mouths countless times.”
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