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April, 2010

Oil Spill Volunteerism

Apr 30, 2010 by in Fashion Comments Off on Oil Spill Volunteerism

Here is some information about how to help with the oil spill in the Gulf.

If you can volunteer, please consider doing so.

Thank you,

Lauren + Thiri

The oil spill off the mouth of the Mississippi River has been declared a “spill of national significance,” and threatens damage to the Gulf Coast—perhaps for months to come.  With the first wave of the oil slick expected to impact coastal Louisiana as early as Thursday evening, Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency.  CRCL is joining with our partners at the local, state and federal level to begin registering volunteers to assist with spill recovery efforts.

We do not know the location or the extent of impact to birds, wildlife, and habitat at this time.  What we do know is that we need to be ready with on-call volunteers in the event that they are needed.  National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are building a list of volunteers prepared to help with this response.

Volunteers can fill a variety of needs, from oiled wildlife recovery, to monitoring and photographing oil movement, to providing a boat and driver for response activities.  No specific training or experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.  Some tasks, such as food preparation, may require no training.  Other tasks, such as washing oiled birds, may require specific certifications or skills.  We encourage pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and anyone with HAZWOPER training to volunteer.  Anyone with experience in dealing with wildlife handling, rehabilitation, or hazardous materials clean up is also strongly encouraged to register.

In addition, volunteers may need to be mobilized throughout the Gulf Coast if and when they are needed.  Interested volunteers are asked to provide your:

·          Name

·          Age

·          Email

·          Telephone

·          Description of any relevant experience

·          Any certifications in dealing with wildlife and/or hazardous materials.

Once you have registered, we will contact you as soon as opportunities arise.  The severity of this spill may require a long-term and ongoing response, so if you don’t hear from us immediately, it doesn’t mean you won’t be contacted or that your efforts won’t be needed.

With your help, we can meet this challenge and reduce the impacts of this spill to habitat and wildlife.

Note: If you encounter oiled wildlife, please call 1 (800) 557-1401. Please do not touch or disturb oiled wildlife, for your safety and theirs.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at

Other Ways to Help:

Oil spill volunteerism – Pass it on – “Vessels of Opportunity” Program in which fisherman can lend their expertise to cleanup. For info, call 425-745-8017. To report oiled wildlife, call 866-557-1401 & leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly.To discuss spill related damage, call 800-440-0858. To report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call 1-866-448-5816

Shop Fest 2010

Apr 28, 2010 by in Fashion Comments Off on Shop Fest 2010

Hi everyone! We just want to remind you that Shop Fest is tomorrow night, Thursday April 29th. We invite you to join us at Branch Out (2022 Magazine St) for an evening of fashion and fun! We’ll have  special Jazz Fest sales and a drawing to win a Branch Out giftcard. We’ll be serving cupcakes and cocktails and music will be provided by DJ Eugene Oubliette. Local designers, Cassidy Reese and Beatrix Bell, will be here to show off their latest creations. Please join us from 5pm-9pm tomorrow night!


Thiri + Lauren

Branch Out Web Store

Apr 2, 2010 by in Fashion Comments Off on Branch Out Web Store

Hi All,

We are so happy to finally be ready to launch the new Branch Out Web Store! We’ve worked pretty hard with the help of our fabulous web designer, Jon, to get everything together and lookin’ good!

We will be adding plenty of new items in the next coming weeks as all of our super Spring/ Summer styles start rolling in.  As of now, we have new styles from Elroy, Threads for Thought, Vicarious by Nature, Kelly B.  and Elwood to make all your warm weather wardrobe wishes come true!

So as always, come by and see us at 2022 Magazine Street in New Orleans or for the first time ever, browse our racks online! We look forward to seeing you either way!

And don’t forget Earth Day is this month, April 22!



Branch Out is open!

Apr 1, 2010 by in News Comments Off on Branch Out is open!

Branch Out- Local + Vintage + Sustainable


Branch Out is proud to be the first to offer New Orleans a Green shopping alternative. Branch Out offers new men’s and women’s sustainable clothing and accessories, as well as hand-selected quality Vintage pieces and hand-made locally designed goods.

All the important information you need!

Branch Out 2022 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 (Next door to Juan’s Flying Burrito)
p. 504.371.5913 f. 504.373.5459
Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12-5

Major Labels we carry:

  • Alternative Apparel- very similar to American Apparel but we only get the items made from 100% Organic cotton.
  • She-Bible-women’s designer lady-like classic jersey/ cotton pieces 100% organic cotton
  • Toggery- women’s hip designer, beautiful drapes, layering pieces 100% organic cotton
  • SKUNKFUNK- International label, as implied funky cuts, prints. European influenced but not Euro. All eco-friendly
  • Good Society- men’s women’s unisex fairly traded organic denim. Lots of colors and fits and all an eco-friendly company
  • Prairie Underground- all about the details, modern and edgy. Organic cotton and hemp. Eco-friendly company
  • Trinity- 100% Organic cotton, simple, light, perfect price points.
  • PartyBots Tshirts- eco-friendly company, organic cotton tees, artist hand drawings become fun and funny screen prints. Men’s women’s.
  • Suburban Riot- men’s tshirts, organic cottons to recycled polymers. A very progressive company
  • Alchemy Goods-men’s and women’s accessories made from recycled billboards. Our first order is coming from a billboard that was advertising corn, so think greens, blues and yellows. Also a bottle opener that was formally a seat belt clip. Ironic?
  • Indigenous Clothing- fair trade, all organic, eco-wool and tencel. Don’t know what Tencel is? Well, it’s extracted from wood pulp and is 100% biodegradable, Tencel is the first cellulose fiber to use nano
  • technology. Cool, huh?
  • Stazzinzonin- men’s and women’s pendants made from recycled melted down bullet casings

In addition to all that lovely stuff we carry local designers and hand picked quality vintage pieces for men and women. If you are wondering how vintage and locally made goods fits into all this, let me explain. Vintage is great, it’s already been produced, you’re not making a bigger footprint with something as recyclable and sustainable as something that’s already here. In simple terms, sustainable is made from renewable resources or are better for the environment in some way, from the dyes used to the companies practices in producing the product.

Locally sourced products are just as good, if not better, than organic. Our local products support independent artists and use less fuel to get to our store. Our store has big plans! We really want to help people understand what a big difference something as small as buying Green clothing can be. And we promise you’ll look good doing it. Eco-friendly is for everyone, Hip not hippie! And we are really excited about having local designers in the store. They are out there and we want to help get them further out there. Please send us an email if you are interested in selling your product in our store. Jewelry, clothing, accessories, bath and beauty- we are open!

So, come say hello, come shop, come share ideas, and check back for more updates soon as we get the website up and running.

Thank you,