We are aware that nature does not produce waste. Furthermore, human waste production has reached the point where it is gravely endangering the earth’s balance. In sum, we are aware that 21st century industry and cities must not only not generate waste but must at least be able to reuse it (recycling), and preferably improve it (upcycling).
At Santa & Cole we strive to turn the classic industrial cycle of ‘obtain material, produce objects and generate waste’ into a more balanced cycle of ‘create sustainable products that generate economic, social and emotional value’, conceived from the outset to disappear without causing damage; ecologically-friendly. Our waste should feed future production after a worthy life of use.
We take the person – city – planet trilogy seriously and aim to carry out activities in each of these areas. We publish books and edit household furniture for people, urban elements for cities (Santa & Cole Urbidermis), and trees for urban reforestation to benefit the planet. Because the expression of a design philosophy can be found on every scale. Dal cucchiaio alla città, as the great Italian architect Ernesto Rogers famously declared in 1952: from the spoon to the city. In our opinion, we should now also add the global dimension: person – city – planet: from the spoon to the city to the planet.
At Santa & Cole we share this philosophy with the vast majority of our suppliers and, we hope, with our customers also. Efficient production with minimal impact from waste is a crucial part of our material culture.
Water management policy
At Santa & Cole we understand that water is one of the most valuable resources to sustain life on our planet. Therefore, we see proper use and management of water as a cornerstone for our entire business policy, striving to act on the following principles:
–Water is essential for the health and well-being of society and the environment. Therefore, after it is used it should be returned to the environment in the best possible conditions.
– Water is a finite resource limited by external factors, and its use in our facilities must therefore be optimised in the medium and long term.
– Water is a resource belonging to all, so it must be protected from contamination and should not be wasted, by employing efficient techniques and attitudes when using it.