COMPAC Quartz | Sustainability to New Heights 2020

Article from The Decorative Surfaces by COMPAC

COMPAC won the sustainability award at the KBIS fair, in recognition of its environmental commitment. It is no coincidence that the Spanish firm was given this award at the world’s top fair for bathroom and kitchen interior design. COMPAC has been setting the pace in terms of eco-sustainable practices for years.

Every day human activity has an impact on the environment, caused by both our daily personal routines at home and in the streets, and by the effects of our production system. The latter is present in almost all sectors, either through the direct use of a specific environment or its alteration, the use of natural resources, or the emission of CO2. However, every individual and entity has the choice of looking back and erasing their footprints to cover their trail or leaving their imprint for posterity.

The sectors of architecture and design are no exception to this impact. Their imprint may derive from the companies that supply them with materials and products or from the direct modifications of common spaces undertaken by architecture and design firms themselves. How can we offset the environmental side effects of our use of natural resources and our professional activities? In addition to the implementation of a culture of recycling and to the manufacturing of biodegradable products, companies can fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by means of direct actions.

Reforesting in collaboration with NGOs

The non-profit organization Reforesta was created in Madrid (Spain) in 1991. Since its founding, it has enabled many companies in various sectors to fulfil their CSR commitments with the environment. As Reforesta explains, their first project, which started in 1993 and ended a year ago, was with a multinational energy company. This collaboration has brought environmental education to more than 140,000 people. During this time, the entity has been organizing different tailor-made activities for corporations, such as volunteering for companies.

“One of the problems of environmental education is that adults have been left out,” explains Miguel Ángel Ortega, from Reforesta. “Due to the fast pace of life, people simply do not have the time, and they are continuously required to change their habits, which generates resistance,” he says. By means of this partnership, companies find a way of reaching this adult audience, who, during the activities, is educated in how to respect the environment.