No Waste Louisiana is an alliance dedicated to bringing waste prevention policies and community practices to its local chapters around the state of Louisiana. Together, we can move Louisiana away from landfill, and protect our neighborhoods, bayous, and parks from litter and pollution. 

Why waste?

Louisiana is at the nexus of a waste supply chain that is harmful and expensive. Much of our state’s economy is dependent on the extraction of oil and natural gas and the production of petrochemicals. Those industries provide our communities with jobs, but they also release emissions into the air, water, and soil that are making us sick, creating tragedies like “Cancer Alley”. Our daily lives function around the products of those economies: plastic, paper, and other throwaway materials. That is not without harm: research is showing that packaging releases potentially toxic chemicals into our food and water, correlating with the incidence of attention deficit disorders, hormone-related diseases, and even obesity - a common problem in Louisiana. You can hardly make it through a day or even a whole meal in Louisiana without having to throw away pieces of plastic.

No Waste Louisiana formed after a New Orleans based group made a splash in both city and state legislation. Activists from Lafayette reached out to the New Orleans crew wanting to set up a similar organization in Lafayette. We realized immediately that the two community organizations could be more impactful with a state-level parent organization, and joined forces to bring the message of Zero Waste across the State of Louisiana. We are now a state-level 501(c)3 sustainability organization, that assists community leaders with starting local chapters, and developing a zero-waste advocacy program, anywhere in our state!

It is our belief that communities should fight for zero-waste in ways that work best for them. We therefore do not set a specific agenda for subchapters; however, we do provide some guidelines, and some toolkits to boost their initial efforts. We want to help the people of Louisiana to fight for a cleaner, more sustainable state, and look forward to helping communities move away from landfills and pollution.



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Jane is an impassioned leader working in communities across the world to move away from disposability and toward equity, investing in projects which rebuild systems to meet actual community needs. After earning a BA (Honours) in International Relations & Politics from University of Essex and an MPP from Georgetown University, she served as an Education Pioneers Data Analyst Fellow and eventually lead Data & Strategy teams for charter school networks in her native Louisiana. In 2016, Jane transitioned to environmental stewardship work, serving for 2 years as the Managing Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, an international alliance of NGOs, businesses, and notable leaders from more than 60 countries working toward a world free from plastic pollution. She is now leading campaigns and projects around the world to reduce our society’s dependence on single-use plastic and to make our systems and principles more just for communities everywhere.



Max Ciolino is a Louisiana native and enthusiast. Somewhere between gutting flooded houses after Hurricane Katrina, and standing on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico as oil from the Deepwater Horizon washed ashore, he gained a thorough appreciation for what we stand to lose through environmental negligence. Since then, he has studied environmental policies, and worked with other residents and activists in the hopes of bringing New Orleans to a more sustainable future through collaborative community efforts.


Catherine Schoeffler Comeaux, LAFAYETTE & secretary

Catherine Schoeffler Comeaux is a Bayou Vermilion paddler, Gulf Coast beachcomber and no-waste enthusiast who enjoys a good trash find but is disheartened by the overload of pernicious single-use plastics cluttering up the scenery – both at parties in people’s hands and along the bayous and beaches of South Louisiana.


kristina hertz wine, treasurer