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Algae-based biodegradable Mardi Gras beads Photo: Naohiro Kato, Huffington Post
What’s Mardi Gras without the beads? They are the symbol of the event — a “must have” if you are there for the celebration. Last year, Huffington Post reports that almost 1,200 tons of trash were collected after the Mardi Gras parade — and much of it was in the form of plastic beads — indeed, in 2017 workers cleaned out 93,000 pounds of beads from storm drains in historic downtown New Orleans. But now a biology professor at Louisiana State University has produced algae-based beads that break down over time. He is working to make it cheap enough to go mainstream because the cost is currently 10 times what it costs to make plastic beads. Naohiro Kato, the professor, and his Baton Rouge-based company, Microalgae, are working with companies in the nutraceutical industry, which has a high demand for algae-based material because it enables products to be labeled as vegetarian or vegan. Let’s hope he can scale his invention by next year. Très Bien – une perle biodégradable!
As a result of the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Trump Administration plans to waive or loosen health, safety and environmental regulations governing a variety of industries including oil refiners, water utilities and sewage plants.
Why This Matters: To borrow a phrase from the President, his planned economic “cure” for the virus may be worse than the disease.
With more and more people being encouraged not to go out unless it’s essential, on-line shopping from Amazon and other big retailers may become your best option. We know — we hate all that plastic packaging too. Here are some tips for reducing it courtesy of cactiandcoconuts.green. 1. To request less packaging from Amazon either: […]
Concerts and music festivals produce a tremendous amount of waste–Coachella alone produces 107 tons of trash for every day of the festival. In fact, live (and especially outdoor) concerts have been described as an environmental nightmare which is why certain artists are beginning to make commitments to go green at their live events: Coldplay announced […]