365 New Orleans: The Green Project

 

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The Green Project is an environmental nonprofit that operates a Salvage Store and Paint Recycling Center in the Bywater/St. Roch neighborhood. Our mission is to divert usable materials from the landfill and cultivate a respect for their value. We want to show people that not everything is trash, and not everything is better brand new. You can buy amazing used items, which in turn lowers the environmental impact of producing new products and reduces landfill emissions, which contribute 14.1% of all methane emitted in the United States.

 

 

1. What products and services do you offer? 

In-store, we sell a wide array of building materials (think doors, windows, light fixtures, lumber, plumbing, electrical and more) along with recycled paint and select furniture. Community members use us as a way to get rid of unwanted materials without just throwing away what’s usable. We accept materials donations year-round and even offer free pickups across the city! On the programmatic side, we host hands-on workshops in our MakerSpace and our Environmental Education program brings us into K-12 schools to teach lessons about reuse and recycling. 

 

2. How long have you been in business? 

The Green Project began in 1994 as a volunteer paint recycling program after it became apparent that New Orleans needed a responsible alternative to dumping paint and polluting regional waterways. With equity in mind, our founding members sought to recycle usable paint and resell it back into the community at an affordable price. In time, this idea expanded to building materials, and our salvage store was born.

 

3. How do people find you online? 

4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

Many people know about our Salvage Store, but not everyone knows about our workshops and MakerSpace. We host 1-3 workshops per week that focus on skill building and gaining confidence using power tools, with the goal of empowering our community to tackle DIY and home repair projects of their own. We keep workshop fees as low as possible and even offer “Scholarship” rates that are free to half price, so people of all economic backgrounds can participate. We also have open hours in our MakerSpace, where the community can use woodworking tools on Saturday afternoons completely free of charge. 

 

5. Lagniappe Info. 

To exemplify our mission in real time, we host a Salvage Design Competition each year that leads to an exhibition and auction fundraiser called Salvations (salvage + creations). This year’s competition is now open! The challenge is to build furniture, lighting, functional objects and dimensional art out of at least 90% salvage materials. The pieces are juried and awarded prizes, then auctioned in support of the Green Project and the designers. Our goal is to uplift local talent while showing that reclaimed goods can be used in a beautiful design.
Drop by the Green Project at 2831 Marais St.

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