We are committed to shifting the narratives and centering the conversations & discussions to include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth and adults, along with allies in arenas such as recycling and sustainability.
Through our community actions or challenges, and events we promote diversity, representation, and inclusivity by involving individuals from different backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences. We move away from a homogenous approach to recycling. The inclusion of BIPOC individuals brings new perspectives, knowledge, and cultural practices to the table, enriching the discourse around sustainability and recycling. It broadens the understanding of environmental issues and fosters a more holistic and equitable approach to creating a sustainable future for all.
Green Beans Lundi Gras Parade 2023, with Core New Orleans, Dykes With Drills, & The Recycle Challenge Krewe
members and their children.
MOBILE CRAFTING STATION
& RECYCLE DROP-OFF
September 15, 2023
We strut to a different beat of a drum, with the drum made from cardboard, plastic, or tin. Yes, we high step to the sounds of New Orleans with laughter and celebration as we fuse recycling with the flavor of an old-style crafting station, that turns recycling into trash to wealth process. We playin’ with trash, and talk of trash utilizing 90% of recycled materials such as newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles, grocery bags and etc.
The crafting station experience utilizing recycled materials is a creative and sustainable endeavor. By repurposing discarded items, it promotes environmental consciousness and reduces waste. Through innovative design and experimentation, it offers a unique and eco-friendly way to craft. This experience celebrates creativity while making a positive impact on the planet, connecting each human to the light of humanity.
BENEFITS OF CRAFTING STATION
Crafting stations create products by using recycled materials, transforming them into unique and innovative creations through creativity, skill, and resourccefulness.
Nola Cans 4 Food picking up recycled aluminum at Crafting Station @St. Roch Market
Through collaboration we strive to establish partnerships with like-minded businesses, eco-friendly brands, or organizations that align with our values. Collaborations expand our reach and introduces our services, and products to new audiences.
WHAT THE CRAFTING STATION DO!
We have begun establishing community partners whose missions align with ours.
Our recycling mission or goal is to repurpose and recycle 80% to 100% of the materials that we receive.
Meet REALCYCLE Ben. His company recycles organic food scraps into compost, in addition to cardboard, tin cans, glass, and aluminum cans. ,
Our crafting station hires local to international artists who conduct workshops at our crafting station bin New Orleans benefit by showcasing their skills and expertise, expanding their audience, fostering community and tourists connetions, and promoting sustainable practices through the use of recycled materials.
Announcement September 15, 2023
The New Orleans community actively contributes 100% to our crafting station by bringing in recycled materials, allowing our station to creatively repurpose them, reducing sustainable practices together.
Our crafting station strives to include programming for BIPOC youth and adults by fostering econmic empowerment, and skill development, cultural expression, community-building and environmental justice. This station provides opportunities for income generation, creativity, and preserving cultural traditions while addressing environmental challenges in inclusive spaces. The overall community benefits greatly from programming that introduces crafting with recycled materials. Firstly, it d it promotes environmental awareness by teaching them the importance of recycling and reducing waste. They develop a sense of responsibility towards sustainable practices. Secondly, it nurtures their creativity and innovation as they learn to repurpose discarded items, stimulating their imagination and encouraging out-of-box thinking. Furthermore, crafting with recycled materials enhances problem-solving skills as youth find creative solutions to transform items into new creations. This programming also instills resourcefulness and empowers youth to express their individuality while fostering community engagement and teamwork. Overall, it equips them with valuables skills and a lifelong appreciation for sustainability.
Youth from Ashe Cultural Arts Center (summer)
Our walking parade in New Orleans celebrates creativity and sustainability. One of the highlights is the showcase of youth and adult artists' works, where their unique creations, crafted from recycled materials, take center stage. From costumes made from plastic to paper to banners woven from recycled plastics, each piece tells the story of innovation and resourcefulness.
The parade also features a friendly competition, encouraging young and old alike, to push the boundaries of their imagination while using recycled materials. We celebrate creativity and craftmanship that will inspire others to see the beauty and potential in repurposed materials
We promote a greener and more sustainable future for our community.
The Recycle Challenge features Baby Dolls, Second Line Dancers Parade 2022
Our festival like many others, showcases music, arts, and places recycling at the center. The community challenge is to encourage participants and attendees to make positive changes in their own lives and in the community. It promotes environmental awareness with on-site recycling stations and art installations demonstrating how effective recycling is infused with sustainable practices and fosters creativity.
BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT
2022 - 2023
Queens, Musicians & Parade