21 Feb '12, 6pm

Attention drunkards: Please dispose of your Mardi Gras beads in a responsible manner

Attention drunkards: Please dispose of your Mardi Gras beads in a responsible manner

DRUNK PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS! We know you need that plastic flotsam in order to see some boobs, because of I guess longstanding tradition dating back to before you could see boobs on the internet without even trying. But it’s basically an ecological nightmare , so if you can’t find some ladies who are willing to take their tops off in exchange for tofu or offset credits or something else environmentally responsible, at least be mindful about how you dispose of your extra beads. New Orleans plays host to a crazy 25 million pounds of plastic frippery every year, and traditional recycling centers can’t process Mardi Gras beads. So local nonprofits have launched some innovative recycling programs, like one that proposes to have people trade beads to businesses (which would collect and reuse them) in exchange for the use of a clean bathroom. And artist Stephan Wanger converts di...

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