mardi gras

Green tech finds: Mardi Gras beads and that new car smell

Article: Green tech finds: Mardi Gras beads and that new car smell

Want to charge your e-bike with solar power? Find an iPod speaker as cool as the iBamboo that doesn’t break? Laugh at Donald Trump some more? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Can you recycle Mardi Gras beads? If you celebrated the lead-up to Lent this week, you may have a ton of plastic beads on hand. While they generally can’t go in the recycling bin, a number of organizations in New Orleans are figuring out “catch and release” schemes for reusing these party favors. (via Earth 911 and @Bennuworld)

Green Lent: Eco-friendly fish fries and more…

Article: Green Lent: Eco-friendly fish fries and more…

It’s Fat Tuesday, and you may be gearing up for a parade, a party, or a big meal featuring Cajun cuisine. While Mardi Gras has become a largely secular celebration, for many Christians around the world, it represents the last blow-out before the season of Lent. Tomorrow, many will attend Ash Wednesday services, and commit to fasting, prayer, meditation, and confession in anticipation of Easter.

As Baptist minister Chad Crawford noted a couple of years ago at sustainablog, the concepts and practices associated with Lent ties in well with green thinking and activity. No, that doesn’t mean that environmentalists are gloomy and demand constant sacrifice; it does mean that this period of reflection and simplicity can allow for meaningful thought on our relationship to the natural environment.

EP 05 – ENTRY 02: CRAWFISH BOIL. YUM.

Article: EP 05 – ENTRY 02: CRAWFISH BOIL. YUM.

Crawfish Boils are a Louisiana staple. But thanks to a nasty fever I got from too much Mardi Gras and not enough rest, I missed out on the Cajun festivities at Byron’s house that night. Dan Gilbert, our Associate Producer in New York, came down to help me out just in time for the delicious…

EP 04 – ENTRY 01: NEVERENDING STORY

Article: EP 04 – ENTRY 01: NEVERENDING STORY

Guess what, folks? It’s still Mardi Gras. And I hate to ask, but when’s the party over? This little girl is exhausted, and so are we. Yesterday Rob went to the King Arthur parade and got hit in the head with a string of purple beads that actually drew blood. People have been stumbling down…

EP 04 – ENTRY 02: THE SOUND AND THE FURY

Article: EP 04 – ENTRY 02: THE SOUND AND THE FURY

Endymion Parade in Mid-Town. Families set up camp all day waiting for this one. A surprise visit from our New York friend. Happy revelers. Mardi Gras ends. Rachel Clift Producer