Gallery: 7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras


Recycle your Beads

Mardi Gras "throws", the trinkets thrown by Krewe members from floats to parade goers have a pretty rich history. Modern throws, however, are largely made up of cheap plastic strings of beads, which end up littering the streets or thrown into trash cans. Some groups have started recycling these beads, such as Arc of Greater New Orleans, who follow parades with their "Catch and Release" float. The group encourages parade-goers to throw their beads back. Arc then sorts and resells the beads to Mardi Gras Krewes, reducing cost for the Krewes and wastage for everyone. The money Arc earns from sales goes directly back to their non-profit work. If you find yourself catching beads in a city where it's not so easy to recycle, you can always try your hand at recycling them into colorful art work.

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