03/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mardi Gras The Green Way

This year get set for greener festivities.

I've never actually been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans but that has never stopped me from celebrating at home. It's an excuse to cut loose for sure, though I have never been one to lift my shirt for some junky plastic beads. That brings me straight to my first green issue with the holiday. Seriously, beads, who needs 'em? If you buy them, don't just hand them off to the nearest shirtless maiden, keep them for next year. But that's just the beginning, there are certainly a number of ways that you can celebrate this riotous holiday and minimize your green impact at the same time.

Mardis Gras is Tuesday, February 24th!