If you have been following our blog, you know we recently joined the Law Firm Sustainability Network in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment. Over the past few months we have been revamping some of our office practices to conduct our business in a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way. We wanted to share some of new office initiatives with our blog readers.
One of the first sustainable practices we initiated in the office recently is our participation in the Grounds to Grow On program. Everyone loves their Keurig coffee makers these days, but what happens when you throw that convenient K-Cup pod in the trash after you brewed a delicious cup of coffee? The answer is simple, they go to the landfill because the pods are not recyclable, and the remaining coffee grounds left in the pod become trash. The Grounds to Grow On program looks to change this. Grounds to Grow On sends K-Cup pods to their disposal partners, who process and separate the coffee and tea grounds from the pod components. The grounds are then sent out for composting, while the pod grinds are provided to Covanta Energy to be used in an energy-from-waste process. Participation in this program is easy. If your office or even home uses a large amount of K-Cup’s, place an order online for a set of pre-postaged boxes used for collection of the K-Cup’s. Once you receive the boxes, assemble them and place them near your Keurig to collect the K-Cup’s. Once the box is full, package it up and call UPS to come pick it up! To learn more about the Grounds to Grow On program you can visit the website https://www.groundstogrowon.com/keurig/home.html.
The second sustainable practice we initiated is an internal recycling program. Recycling is something that everyone is aware of, but not something we think of on a regular basis. In order to motivate our office to do more recycling, we have initiated a recycling competition within the office. We split the office into three teams and gave each team a recycling bin. We established some basic rules on what are recyclable items, based on the items the recycling facility will take. We also put into place some rules that will make judging the amount of recycling in each bin more efficient, and rules to keep the bins clean when food containers are recycled. The office even took it a step further by allowing recyclable items from each person’s home to be brought in. Each Friday, each team’s bin is to be judged by a team member from an opposing team to determine which bin has the most recycling for the week.
We are excited to continue to implement new sustainability practices and continue to reduce our impact on the environment. We know that we have a long way to go to becoming a low-waste, sustainable office, but we are committed to doing our best work to do so. We hope that all of you will join us in our sustainability efforts. If you stop by our office and see something we could improve or have new ideas of your own, let us know. Or, if you want to learn more about what we are doing in order to implement more sustainable practices for yourself or your business, let us know. Look for more updates on LM’s sustainability efforts in future blogs!
Alexandria Nagel is a Law Clerk at Lardiere McNair, LLC. To read more about our firm, please visit www.lmcounsel.com.
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