Mardi Gras Beads: Good for the Party, Bad for the Environment

We don’t want to rain on the parade of plastic beads that comes flying off floats and lands on the necks of drunken Mardi Gras revelers every February. Thankfully the LA Times does that for us. In their article, the Times notes that while the Mardi Gras tradition is a great celebration for the city of New Orleans, it also leaves behind quite a mess once it’s all said and done.

An estimated 25 million pounds of beads make their way (from China) to New Orleans every year. A small, and some might argue, futile, movement is making strides to try and deflect some of the environmental impact the beads have on the city. Continue reading