Coworking community takes first steps towards green business practices
One of our New Year’s Resolutions at CoLab is to create a greener office environment and help lower our carbon footprint. We’re making an effort to recycle more and waste less. This means we’ll be rolling out some new initiatives to make this happen.
One minor change we’ve already implemented is the use of re-manufactured toner for our printers. Ink cartridges take years to disintegrate in landfills. Re-manufactured toner cartridges are reused instead of being thrown away. We also recycle our empty cartridges because one returned cartridge keeps about 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills.
In addition, we’re implementing a program our members can be a part of as well. Those crumpled up pieces of paper and empty Diet Coke bottles don’t have to be garbage. In the coming weeks everyone will see individually marked bins in the kitchens and kitchenettes to allow our members to separate their recyclables into the correct bins. This, with every one’s effort, will be a huge ongoing step in the right direction.
We understand that although it sounds simple, it’s not always straight forward as to what materials can go where. For this, and many other recycling tips, we are hoping to bring in a member of the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Practices at Lipscomb University for our Lunch and Learn on April 4th. We are sure this will not only be very informative as to what we can do around the office but how we can make it as simple as possible. As an added bonus, you’ll also gain some skills you can take home with you.
More information about our green initiative will be rolling out soon, but in the mean time, keep your eyes peeled for our changes and give going green a shot in your own office. Every little bit counts.
For more information about CoLab Nashville, Lunch and Learns or coworking downtown, visit www.nashville.colabusa.com.