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Glass Half Full NOLA

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While sharing a bottle of wine a few years back, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz commiserated about how much glass was ending up in New Orleans’ landfills.

While sharing a bottle of wine a few years back, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz commiserated about how much glass was ending up in New Orleans’ landfills. They also cared deeply about coastal erosion. Both Tulane University students at the time, Louisiana-born Trautmann- who subsequently graduated with a degree in chemical engineering, and New Yorker Steitz -who is wrapping up his studies in international development, began researching successful glass recycling programs in Florida and New Zealand.

By starting a similar program in New Orleans, they could help save Louisiana’s coast one bottle at a time and create another recycling option. Working out of the backyard of a fraternity house, Trautmann and Steitz along with friend Benjamin Bagwill quickly collected 50,000 pounds of glass bottles from Tulane students and others. Volunteers stepped up to help sort the glass by colors- clear, greens, blues and browns. Glass Half Full NOLA was born.

The trio realized they needed money to move forward. Steitz already had experience in grassroots fundraising. He had co-founded Give Back Tulane in 2020 through which Tulane students brought in $64,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Relief Fund.

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