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Tommy: Making Mardi Gras a little greener

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
February 12, 2020 - 10:56 am
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I don’t know if its political or just plain old lazines; but for some reason “recycle” has become, for some, a dirty word. I guess I felt that way until I realized the tremendous amount of plastic I was throwing away. I’d put the garbage out a couple of times a week, and there’s only two of us in the house.

We don’t cook a lot; so I was wondering how we were filling these trash bags, also plastic, so quickly. It takes 450 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose. That reality, along with the “islands of plastic” that are in the ocean, now have me recycling. I feel good about it.

I think you’ll feel good too, especially if you recycle Mardi Gras beads and throws. How many times have you seen someone you know on a float, gotten their attention and been rewarded with bags of beads? Fun, yes, but what do you do with them after that? Fill the attic? Let 'em hang around on the table until the second week of Lent then throw them away only to reload with more beads from St. Patrick’s Day?

PLEASE DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY. Take the minimal effort involved to donate them to ArcGNO. You’ll be making the world a better place an many different ways. Listen to what Stephen Sauer, the Executive Director had to say.

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