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Treading Lightly

Dave and I view our business as an extension of who we are, so it only makes sense that we extend our passion for sustainability to the work we do.  Cobalt Designworks contributes to the health and well-being of Mother Earth in a myriad of ways:

  • Our heirloom-quality architectural metalworks will last for generations.
  • Metal is one of the most recycled materials on earth.  Steel has the ability to be re-used or recycled repeatedly without degradation in quality.
  • For color and protection we use a powder coat process which lacks the solvents and toxicity of many other paints.
  • Our work commute is a 30-foot walk from home to studio (we love this!)
  • We minimize our driving by combining errands and by walking or biking to nearby places.
  • One of our main work vehicles is powered by bio-diesel & gets >35 mpg.
  • Our annual waste from the fab shop fits in two 32-gallon pails.
  • We have a rooftop hot water solar panel.
  • We harvest rainwater from our roofs (275 gallon capacity)
  • We buy as local as possible as much as possible. 
  • We built our studio with many green features:
    • FSC-certified lumber (Forest Stewardship Council)
    • Open cell foam insulation
    • Hydronic radiant floor heating
    • Double-paned fiberglass windows
    • Reclaimed and modified solid wood doors
    • Deconstruction of the previous old garage and reuse of salvagable material; recycling of remainder
    • High efficiency lighting
    • Flyash concrete
    • No and low VOC paints
  • Our cell phone service is with Credo Mobile, which donates to non-profits supporting environmental causes.
  • Our VISA card is from Working Assets, which also donates to non-profits promoting a sustainable and just world.
  • Jennifer is volunteer chairwoman of the Vancouver Watersheds Council, a non-profit dedicated to mobilizing the community to protect and enhance the natural environment of Vancouver watersheds.
  • Plus all the seemingly small stuff that adds up: vigilant recycling, organic landscaping, using recycled paper & office products, double-sided printing, and more.

Cobalt Designworks, leading by example.

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3 Responses to Treading Lightly

  1. Alisa Looney June 17, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    What an inspiration you are! Well done! Leading by example in so many ways! Keep up the great work, and also the lovely designs!!!

  2. Erin July 23, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    What a wonderful list! It is nice to see all you have accomplished!

    • Jennifer July 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

      Thank you, Erin & Alisa. We hope to keep adding to this list as we find more ways to run our business sustainably.

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