- Kevin Parker
WHY IS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SO IMPORTANT TO COMPOCLAY?
Updated: Jun 2, 2021
Environmental sustainability is something we at CompoClay think about a lot - in fact it’s part of the reason why we even exist in the first place. Over 16 years ago we were founded to address concerns around sustainability and safety in the home décor industry. What they found was not shocking.
Polyurethane foam, gypsum, and heavy metal content were just some of the materials companies are using to make their home décor products regardless of human and environmental impact. So after seven years of research and development, we introduced a patented revolutionary alternative to help lower our carbon footprint and protect Earth's limited resources. We created an environmentally sustainable, raw material we named CompoClay that we use in all of our home and garden décor and furniture pieces.
Our Raw Materials
All of our products are made of the natural and abundant materials found in a mixture of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust.
First there’s sea salt, a natural mineral that results from evaporated seawater, and water, which covers over 70.9% of the world’s surface. Next are sand grains which are made up of finely divided rocks and minerals. We also use lightweight, non-toxic glass fibers to increase the physical strength of our furniture and fireplace mantels. With this, our products are virtually unbreakable.
And since recycling is a huge part of creating a sustainable environment, our products also contain recycled coal combustion products. Instead of sending products made from coal to the landfills, CompoClay reuses it, incorporating it into our designs and products.
All of these mineral compounds are used to protect our limited resources and promote environmental sustainability, but they also have an outstanding safety and durability record.
Safety & Durability
Like environmentally sustainable organic food, sometimes environmentally sustainable products get a bad wrap. While we can’t account for the way our products might taste, we do know that they are as safe and durable as any décor made of real wood.
All of our products are free of harmful fire toxins, heavy metals and asbestos. They are MAS Certified Green for low VOC-emission. You also don’t have to worry about your home accents breaking or cracking due to physical stress: the environmentally sustainably materials are almost as strong as cement.
Today & Going Forward
CompoClay is focused on being an environmentally responsible company not only with our home and garden décor, but in the way we run our business.
We’re a proud member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition of
manufactures and furniture designers that have banded together to raise awareness and promote environmentally sustainable business practices. We’re also part of One Tree Planted, a wonderful organization that makes it easy for people to understand the importance of planting trees. For each mantel purchase through our sister company, Hampton Mantels, we plant a tree through One Tree Planted and can direct the area to be planted, such as fire-stricken California.
If you’re an organization that cares about environmental sustainability and you think that there’s a way CompoClay can help, we’d love to hear about it.