Waste Not, Want Not: Up Your Sustainability Game at Vintage Green Review Pop Up on Magazine Street
With the city’s tight parameters for curbside recycling in New Orleans and less than optimal (for convenience sake at least) glass recycling options, it’s likely that many readers of this blog aren’t that into it. Which is unfortunate, because the easier it is, the more likely people are to opt into recycling programs.
Personally, the recycle-reuse-repurpose ethos was drilled into me growing up on my grandparent’s farm, but they called it “waste not, want not.” Like a good little budding conservationist, I gave a hoot and didn’t pollute throughout grade school and high school and attended a couple of Earth Day festivals (it’s on April 22 this year, for reference) and thrifted in college. When I bought my first car, it was economic and fuel efficient (as have all of my subsequent vehicles), I recycled, curbed my consumerism, converted to reusable food storage options, continued to “thrift first,” attempted composting more than once (it ended badly), watched “No Impact Man,” back in 2009, began eating locally and sustainably when possible, made my own cleaning and laundry products (until Mrs. Meyer’s stole my heart and my wallet), and just all around tried — and continue to try — to do my part.
That said, I know most people just want easy curbside recycling, which is a step 9in the right direction and far better than not doing anything at all. Meanwhile, I’m over here always trying to think up more ways to ramp up my efforts. Which is why Vintage Green Review — a zero waste education, lifestyle and consulting business and shop — caught my eye. Owner Sarah Andert helps consumers create a zero waste plan for their home and sells products online to help people go plastic free and live more sustainably.
Throughout March, Andert is holding a brick-and-mortar pop up at 3530 Magazine St. (across from Harry’s Ace Hardware). Visitors can check out the wares, shop Andert’s “refill bar,” for eco-friendly, grownup- and kid-friendly, cruelty-free soaps, cleansers and detergents and learn more about zero waste living.
Who knows, with professional advice and supplies at your fingertips, you might be able to get to zero waste by Earth Day. Which, by the way, in addition to aiding in conservation, over time this style of living is a big money saver — talk about a win-win.