The Green Minute

Saturdays during Radiolab

The Green Minute with Christal White (of The Green Project) is a brief eco morsel focused on answering nagging environmental questions, explaining the hows and whys of finding the greener path and giving earth friendly advice on everyday topics — simply and sustainably.

Join us each Saturday during Radiolab for a glimpse of green as we highlight recycling events and resources in New Orleans, gain insights on environmental issues, showcase slices of the green life and foster in a more sustainable city.

Produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson.

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Green Minute
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Green Minute: Got Allergies?

Bee Pollen is many man's enemy.
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Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.

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Green Minute
3:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part Four

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This is it, we’re closing out our recycling journey, and it all ends with glass.

New Orleans still does not recycle glass. I know! It’s sad, but don’t include it in your bin. It creates safety issues for recycling facility workers who hand-sort our single stream system.

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Green Minute
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Myths Of Recycling, Part Three: Don't Shred Paper!

Don't tear the paper! Leave as is, and recycled it will be.
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We’re back with more myths of curbside recycling. Shredded and crumpled paper create a lot of confusion for sorting machines — hard to believe, but true. Sorting mechanisms can’t distinguish crumpled paper from plastic, and ultimately, it just winds up in the trash.

The same goes for shredded paper. The small bits drop through the equipment like water through a colander, and then it drops into the trash piles heading to the landfills. So…?

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Green Minute
5:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part Two

Plastic bottles doing what they do when they get recycled.
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Welcome to part two of the myths of recycling (here's part one in case you missed it).

Don’t keep a lid on it! That’s right. Plastic caps and lids are small and difficult to sort. They also keep liquids and other contaminants inside the plastic containers. So trash the lids and make sure your plastics are fully cleaned before placing them in your recycling bin.

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Green Minute
7:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part One

Bales of crushed plastic.
Credit Michal Maňas / wikimedia commons

New Orleans has had curbside recycling for a few years now, but many people are still skeptical that the city is actually recycling what we leave out for pick up. Do you think that everything you place into your recycling bin is going straight to the trash?

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Green Minute
1:05 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Green Minute: NOLA Trash Mob

The NOLA Trash Mob during a recent cleanup at Bayou St. John.
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We’ve all heard the phrase "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure," but what about "One city’s trash is another man’s mission?"

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Green Minute
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Green Minute: Reduce, Reuse, Repair

An example of DIY repair: Desoldering using a vacuum plunger (blue, right) and a soldering iron (yellow, left).
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Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.

Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.

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Green Minute
6:02 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Green Minute: Vampire Power

Standby power... what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!
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With Fall finally in the air and the calendar page turned to October, it’s time for ghosts, goblins, witches and mummies.

But keeping the real vampires away will take more than garlic and crosses. There are vampires hiding in plain sight right this very moment, and they even live with you.

Vampire power is the energy drawn from devices while they are in standby mode, and it’s a real drain on the grid. Nationally, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual electricity consumption, and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

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Green Minute
11:44 am
Sat September 14, 2013

The Green Minute: Make Food, Not Lawns

Urban Farms are gaining traction in NOLA and other cities world-wide.
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Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

It’s getting harder to know exactly what’s in the food we buy. Many people are tired of grocery store ambiguities and are starting to grow their own food. But what if you are a city dweller or live in a subdivision? How can you start your own one-person gardening revolution? 

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Environment
1:52 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Don't Fall For Greenwashing!

Businesses may tell you they abide by green practices, but that doesn't mean they really do...

Christal white speaks the truth about 'Greenwashing', and how to avoid falling into the trap.

As the drive toward more environmental sustainability in our daily lives increases, businesses have responded by offering more eco-friendly products, services and policies — or at least, they say they have. Greenwashing is a term used for companies that claim to be acting in an environmentally responsible way, but in reality are not.

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