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.
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.