While the Carnival season is just about over, a Baton Rouge business is working on an invention that might make Mardi Gras 2017 less of a trash festival.
Marcus Ciko, owner of the company 3D Beads, says he's working on biodegradable Mardi Gras beads that he hopes to have ready for the next Carnival season. The report from Baton Rouge news outlet WAFB doesn't provide many specifics, beyond saying the biodegradable throws will be made of materials "grown in Louisiana" and less expensive than regular beads.
There seems to be just one sustainable bead manufacturer in New Orleans, ZomBeads, which makes beads out of recycled paper that don't resemble your typical throws. Will beads like those ever catch on?