Mardi Gras Beads?
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those "Mardi Gras" BEADS! Its estimated that 25 million beads are circulated during the Mardi Gras time period. Unfortunately, these beads end up in local waters and as expected in our landfills.
Credit can be given to non profit organization, 'Arc of Greater New Orleans' who's purpose is supplying folks with psychological disabilities- jobs and employment. They built a float to travel the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras and at the end of Mardi Gras to promote the collection of the beads with the intent of recycling them.
The float debuted during a February 5, 2012 Mardi Gras celebration parade and collected 1000 pounds of beads. These beads will be collected, bundled and resold at a discounted price. The expected sales will be towards upcoming festivities such as St. Patricks Day, New Years and further Mardi Gras events.
The float had scheduled to ride in several other parades as well as visiting other locations to make its sole purpose of collecting beads to keep them out of the landfills.
Kudos to 'Arc of Greater New Orleans'.