Sea Co-working space to bring waves of change to Phuket’s shores

PHUKET: THE SEA Co-working Space and Marine Library Cafe in Phuket Old Town welcomes people of all walks of life to join projects, events and discussions as the co-owners – Saovapa Atsilarat and Krongkaew Soo-ampon – work to make Phuket more sustainable, one minimized carbon footprint at a time.

Housed in a 3-storey building, the venue offers complete office infrastructure, including internet, electric outlets, color laser printer, fax machine, scanner, photocopier, lockers, organic drip coffee corner, pantry room and meeting rooms with presentation equipment for up to 10 co-workers.

“We seek to create a friendly center and invite everyone who has an interest in the environment to come and join us, and share with others their interest and knowledge about the environment,” Ms Krongkaew said.

Additionally, the company reaches out to the local community and provides the opportunity for people to take action over the issues of water quality, waste reduction and energy efficiency.

“We continue to be excited about this venture and see it as a bridge between those who have a real interest in the environment and the many people who are not aware of issues impacting the local community,” Ms Krongkaew said.

The co-working space encourages their clients to bring their own cups and no longer provides drinking straws, which has resulted in about 800 fewer straws being thrown away in the last three months.

“My colleague Krongkaew Soo-ampon and I decided to take action in Phuket Town because waste is the area’s biggest issue.

“We both have undertaken high academic studies in the area of natural resources management. It seemed that if we could open a shopfront and co-working space, we could invite people in and tackle environmental issues,” said Ms Saovapa.

Even if you’re not sure you want to go green and get involved in community projects, the pair encourage everyone to at least stop by to soak up the atmosphere, while having a cup of organic coffee and a slice of homemade chocolate cake – who knows, you might just be inspired.

SEA Co-working Space is located at the intersection of Phang Nga and Phuket Road and is open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.

— Jirawat Kuramakanok

Thai Life
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