When last counted for the 2010 U.S. Census, New Orleans had 43,755 blighted homes or empty lots. The Green Project has salvaged materials from over 700 of those homes before they were demolished, putting the materials back to use within the community. Our paint department also plays a part by providing high quality recycled paint at affordable prices, enabling all homeowners in the Greater New Orleans area to maintain their homes, regardless of their income.
Water Quality and Coastal Preservation
The Green Project’s recycled paint program diverts an average of 40,000 gallons of paint from local waterways every year. As the Gulf South’s only paint recycling facility, we have sold over 16,000 gallons of our recycled latex paint to New Orleanians over the past year that would otherwise have ended up in Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, or the Gulf of Mexico. The primary concern of latex paint in waterways is the increased turbidity of the water, which results in the clogging of fish gills, blocking of sunlight to underwater plants, and a reduction in oxygen levels due to the breakdown of biodegradable substances in paint.
When remodeling or demolishing a New Orleans home, local architectural treasures are often lost. Deconstruction is the increasingly popular practice wherein a building is taken apart more carefully, allowing the materials to be salvaged and reused. Through our salvage operations and our resale store, The Green Project gives centuries-old wood, adornments, and other uniquely New Orleans materials a second (or third, or fourth) life, rather an early grave in a landfill.