Earth Day is this Sunday, but, because there are so many things going on this weekend, I’ve decided to devote today to Earth Day. Let’s call it Earth Day Observed. I started thinking about matters environmental as I was checking my email this morning. I pay a small fee to recycle plastic, aluminum, and paper (no glass).
The company who comes and picks up the stuff is called Phoenix Recycling, and they send me email reminders to put out my recycling the night before. (My husband thinks it’s ridiculous that we pay for it, but we still do, which reminds me of this article in the New York Times a few months ago. Another free option for recycling is the monthly drop-off at Allied Recycling.) In the email I got from Phoenix today, they pointed out all sorts of environmentally-conscious businesses and happenings around town in their “community notes.” So, I’m going to repost them here.
April 17th – Elysian Fleas – Great news, vintage mavens and NOLA arts appreciators! The Marigny’s very own flea market and arts bazaar is now open EVERY WEEK. Sponsored by Old New Orleans Rum and presented by Artist Inc., Elysian Fleas will be held in the shady, tree-lined courtyard next to Michalopoulas Studio at 527 Elysian Fields on the corner of Chartres St. The outdoor market offers a spicy New Orleans mix of vintage, junque & antiques; upcycled designer fashions, fine jewelry and crafts from premier NOLA artisans; a delicious menu of food & drink from top NOLA chefs; and outrageous live entertainment.
April 17th – Broad Flea is New Orleans’ premier cheap-chic flea market. It’s also the place where all of Broad Street communities come together to shop, dance to music, and taste the eats of some of the best local food outlets. Here’s the lowdown: Where: 300 N Broad Street (at Bienville Street) at the former Robert’s parking lot When: 11AM to 4PM on the second Saturday of every month – (3rd this month, due to schedule conflicts)
What is the Re-Use District?? The ReUse District aims to increase the appreciation and accessibility of reused materials in the 7th Ward, Bywater, Marigny, St. Claude and St. Roch neighborhoods. http://thereusedistrict.org
Paper-NOLA creates custom, eco-friendly gifts and special event invitations using handmade recycled paper made locally by artist Karen Kempf. Paper-NOLA custom works include wedding invitation, special occasion announcements, stationary, business cards, greeting cards and more.
Shop at Swap – Clothing REDISCOVERED – Rethink your shopping habits – or at least stop in and have a look around.
7716 Maple St
Blue Cypress Bookstore – Why buy new books? There are a number of used bookstores in town, but one we like a lot is Blue Cypress Bookstore. Check them out the next time you want to look for a deal, an unusual book or a break from a big-box bookstore. Re-use is always better than recycle.
Blue Cypress Bookstore
8126 Oak St