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Mardi Gras Beads Cast a Plastic Shadow Causing Environmental Fallout

Posted on AllSides February 13th, 2024
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NPR reports that New Orleans, steeped in the vibrant tradition of Carnival season, is grappling with a less festive aftermath as environmental concerns rise. The age-old practice of flinging strings of colorful beads to the cheering crowd has inadvertently turned into what environmentalists call a “plastics disaster.” “The waste is becoming a defining characteristic of this event,” said Judith Enck, a former EPA regional administrator and president of Beyond Plastics. The city’s parades, which culminate on Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras, leave behind a spectacle of trash, despite rigorous daily cleanup...

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